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Spicy Jalapeño Baked Beans

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These homemade, one-pot Spicy Jalapeño Baked Beans will be the hit of your party! Diced jalapeños and cayenne add a delicious kick to this sweet and smoky vegetarian baked beans recipe. Serves 6 in about an hour and can easily be doubled or tripled to serve larger crowds.
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword baked beans, barbecue, beans, from scratch, homemade, jalapeño, side dish
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 6 servings
Calories 82
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 3/4 teaspoon olive oil extra light
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced (seeded for less heat)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 cup water plus more as needed
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans great northern beans rinsed and drained


  • Add oil, onions, jalapeño and garlic with a pinch of kosher salt to a 2.5 to 3.5 quart dutch oven. Heat on medium-low, stirring occasionally and cooking until tender. About 8 minutes.
  • Next add ketchup, liquid smoke, molasses, sugar, chili powder, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, dry mustard, cayenne and water. Stir to combine.
  • Add in beans, stir and bake uncovered on the middle rack of your oven for 1 hour, stirring halfway.
  • Remove cool slightly before serving.


If you're not avoiding meat, try cooking up a few strips of diced bacon and then sauté the onions, pepper and garlic in about a teaspoon of bacon fat. Adding the bacon back in right before baking.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg