Pineapple Baked Beans are made using black beans and traditional canned baked beans. This easy, sweet and spicy dish will fly off the table at your next barbeque!
Need another barbeque side dish? Try this Herby Lemon Orzo Salad with Roasted Vegetables! It is full of fresh summer vegetables and feeds a crowd!
Have some extra black beans? Use them in this Smokey Mexican Bean Dip! Full of flavor, this dip is like eating the insides of a taco on a chip!
Pineapple Baked Bean Details
Pineapple Baked Beans are a fresh take on a traditional summer side dish, baked beans! This recipe uses pineapple to sweeten, bourbon to intensify the flavor and red onion and bell pepper to bulk up the dish.
Level of Difficulty: Easy! As long as you can cook some bacon, you will be able to make these Pineapple Baked Beans! This side dish requires chopping, cooking the bacon, sautéing the onion and pepper and combining all ingredients. After this is done, you bake until the dish is hot and bubbly!
Time: The dish requires 20 minutes of prep work and 45 minutes of bake time. The prep work includes chopping and cooking the bacon, onion and pepper.
Flavor: These Pineapple Baked Beans have a sweet flavor thanks to the maple flavor of the canned baked beans and the natural sweetness of the pineapple. The grainy mustard has a bitter flavor that perfectly contrasts with the sweetness. The bourbon intensifies the flavor and gives a smooth aftertaste.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Baked Beans- I like to use Bush's Vegetarian Baked Beans. Choose a brand that you like.
- Black Beans- If you don't like black beans, use another can of baked beans (the smaller size) or a bean that your family enjoys.
- Red Onion- You could use a white onion in place.
- Bell Pepper- I like to use a yellow pepper in this dish as the color pops with the pineapple. Use whatever bell pepper you have on hand.
- Barbeque Sauce- Use a brand that your family likes! The beans really take hold of the barbeque flavor so use a tasty one.
- Bourbon- This ingredient is optional. The bourbon really does add more flavor to the beans. If you choose to omit the bourbon, use extra barbeque sauce so that the beans are not dry.
- Bacon- I like to use thick cut bacon. The saltiness of the bacon is a good contrast to the sweet beans.
- Pineapple Chunks- Use canned or fresh pineapple cut into small bite size pieces. I like to purchase the small kid sized containers as they are already chopped into small pieces.
- Grainy Mustard- Substitute regular mustard.
- Black Pepper
- Chili Powder- Use less chili powder for a less spicy side dish.
How To Make Pineapple Baked Beans
Pineapple Baked Beans come together in a few, simple steps!
- Cook Bacon. Heat a sauté pan on medium high heat. Chop bacon up into small bite size pieces. Add bacon to pan and cook until bacon is firm but not crispy about 7 minutes. Let bacon cool on a paper towel lined plate. Drain all fat from pan except for a tablespoon.
- Cook Bell Pepper and Red Onion. Add bell pepper and red onion to the same pan that bacon was cooked in with reserved fat. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes until vegetables become soft.
- Combine Ingredients. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Transfer pineapple baked bean mixture to a 9x13 pan.
- Cook Pineapple Baked Beans. Bake beans at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until beans are bubbly. Allow beans to cool before serving. The beans will solidify as they cool.
Are pineapple baked beans a vegetable? Pineapple Baked Beans are not a vegetable although this baked bean recipe does contain vegetables. Beans are in the plant food family known as legumes.
What kind of beans are baked beans? The beans used in baked beans are kidney beans. This recipe includes both kidney beans and black beans.
What can I do with leftover baked beans? Leftover baked beans can be eaten hot or cold. Add the baked beans to a quesadilla with cheese. Another option is to top toast with them for an easy English-like breakfast. You could also add them to a baked potato for a meat-free meal.
Can I cook my baked beans in the slow cooker? Yes, you can cook baked beans in the slow cooker! If you don't want to turn on your oven, the crock pot is the perfect way to cook your baked beans. Simply follow all instructions until the baking step. Place pineapple baked beans in a slow cooker and set heat to low for 6-7 hours. After the cook time, remove the lid and stir the beans. Allow beans to slightly cool before serving.
Help! My Pineapple Baked Beans look watery. Do not worry if your baked beans appear watery when you pull them from the oven. As the beans cool, they will thicken. If they look really watery (as in all the beans are surrounded by liquid), allow the beans to bake for 5-10 more minutes for the liquid to absorb.
What to serve with Pineapple Baked Beans? Pineapple Baked Beans are a delicious barbeque side dish. They pair perfectly with hamburgers and hot dogs. Try the baked beans as a side with these Grilled Beer Brats!
If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below and tag @delmarvaliciousdishes on Instagram! I hope your family and friends love this recipe as much as mine do!
Pineapple Baked Beans (using Black Beans)
- 6 Bacon Slices
- 1 Bell Pepper Chopped
- 1 Red Onion Chopped
- 28 oz Baked Beans
- 14 oz Black Beans Drained & Rinsed
- 1 cup Barbeque Sauce
- ⅓ cup Bourbon Optional
- 1 cup Pineapple Chunks
- 1 ½ tablespoon Grainy Mustard
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Chop bacon into small pieces and cook on stove at medium for 8-10 minutes until cooked but not crispy. Let cool on a paper towel lined plate.
- Drain all fat except for a tablespoon. Cook onion and bell pepper for 5 minutes until soft.
- Mix together baked beans, black beans, chopped bacon, green pepper, red onion, barbeque sauce, bourbon, pineapple chunks, mustard, chili powder and pepper.
- Cook for 45 minutes until bubbly.