Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans

5 from 4 votes

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These Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans have a little secret flavor weapon that may sound strange, yet is so good. Made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot for that day-long cooked melding of flavors taste, it’s on the table in about an hour and there’s no need to heat up the kitchen. Sound good?

These Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans have a secret flavor weapon that may sound strange, yet is so good. Peaches and bacon pack the flavor in these "baked" beans. keviniscooking.com

Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans

So did everyone have a wonderful Fourth of July? Were the grills and BBQ meals in overload? We were smoking ribs and kicking back at home. Sometimes the crowds and driving to and from parties is a bit much with traffic and since we live on a hill overlooking the bay, we get to see the fireworks in a few strategic spots without having to fight for a parking space somewhere.

One of the sides I made were these kick butt Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans. These are sweet and at the same time get a nice kick of heat (not too much, but you can always add more chipotle chiles if you like!) and the bacon adds that extra smokey quality I love in baked beans. I like to garnish the top of each bowl with some sour cream or thick, Greek yogurt, bacon crumbles and a little parsley.

Like I mentioned they have a secret flavor weapon that adds such a nice nuanced flavor that packs lots of flavor. It’s one of my favorite fruits. Yes I said a fruit.

These Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans have a secret flavor weapon that may sound strange, yet is so good. Peaches and bacon pack the flavor in these "baked" beans. keviniscooking.com

Sweet and tangy, firm, chopped peaches are the flavor weapon for these awesome “baked” beans.

I put that baked in quotes because these can be made in no time at all, less than an hour really with an Instant Pot. If you don’t have one a 4 hour stint in the slow cooker will do just as nicely, too. No all day simmering in the oven to heat up the house with this recipe!

And to show you how easy this is to make I made a new video for you. Check it out!

Looking for other slow cooker and Instant Pot recipes? Check out my Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef BowlsSlow Cooker Sweet and Sour Sticky Ribs, Slow Cooker Flank Steak Street Tacos or my Mom’s Slow Cooker Guest Pot Roast Enjoy!

These Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans have a secret flavor weapon that may sound strange, yet is so good. Peaches and bacon pack the flavor in these "baked" beans. keviniscooking.com

 

 

These Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans have a secret flavor weapon that may sound strange, yet is so good. Peaches and bacon pack the flavor in these "baked" beans. keviniscooking.com

Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans

5 from 4 votes
These Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans have a secret flavor weapon that may sound strange, yet is so good. Peaches and bacon pack the flavor in these "baked" beans. Adapted from Cooking Light's Jamie Vespa recipe.
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Over medium high heat in a large skillet or in Instant Pot/Slow cooker cook and render bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside on a paper towel, leaving bacon fat in pan.
  • Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring. Add garlic and cook another 3 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix to incorporate thoroughly. Close lid on Instant Pot and push Beans setting. If using a slow cooker cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Serve with more diced peaches, crumbled bacon and sour cream if desired (See Note 2).

Video

Notes

1. 2-3 medium sized, firm peaches will do.
2. I often times substitute thick Greek yogurt for sour cream, too.
3. If you're converting meat from a slow cooker to an Instant Pot, follow this rule: if the meat dish cooks in eight hours on low or four hours on high in the slow cooker, it will cook in 25-30 minutes in the Instant Pot. Make sure the Instant Pot setting reads "sealing" and not "venting" to ensure it's cooked properly.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: American, Western
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Kevin

Whether in the kitchen or on the grill, you’ll find me cooking American favorites with a love for BBQ, Mexican and Tex Mex. I’m passionate about making tasty food because life’s too short to be bland!

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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Omg cannot wait to try this recipe the peaches with chipotle must add a great flavor just bought some baby back ribs so next week I am seeing bbq with those delicious beans and corn bread. Thank you Kevin

    1. Thanks so much Paulette, hope these meet your expectations. They are perfect for any BBQ meal like yours! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I have to say that peaches don’t sound strange at all – they sound amazing! I love grilled peaches, how they get that tangy sweet depth and I bet that’s exactly the magic they add to these. These beans look just heavenly.

    1. Funny we grilled peaches the other evening, too. So much incredible fruit available now. Made a killer cherry recipe and video yesterday… keep your eyes open for that one! Thanks Marissa. 😉

  3. Oh my gosh- I think I could eat an entire batch of these in one sitting! They look down right addictive!

    1. Thanks Karly! By the time I got to eating mine all the biscuits were gone, BUT I was still quite happy nonetheless! 🙂

  4. I’ll definitely need to try these Kevin! My husband Tom is a big baked beans fan. LOVE the peaches in here! And the chipotle chiles!

    1. That peach and chipotle favor combo is so good Mary Ann. Hope you and the family are having a fantastic summer!

  5. Peaches and bacon! Now that you said it I’m thinking, “well, duh!” Brilliant combination here, Kevin. Giving it a try for sure. Glad you all had a wonderful 4th.

    1. Thanks so much Sally hope you’re having a wonderful fun filled summer with the family. 🙂

  6. Hey Kevin. I could eat baked beans every day and when i make a big pot of them I do. Of course, bacon is always in the mix. These sound delicious! We also stayed home for the 4th, had burgers, sweet corn and coleslaw. We picked up a really good GA watermelon, now I need to find some peaches!

    1. Peaches are everywhere here as well as so many other fruits. Just made a wonderful appetizer and video yesterday with cherries. Keep your eyes open for that one. Cheers Dorothy!

    2. 5 stars
      I tried this recipe with mangoes instead of peaches and it came out so amazing and delicious! Thank you for this recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    I like baked beans, and I’m a huge fan of sweet and savory combo here. Maple? Sure. Bacon? Yes please. Do I need to remind you that next time, while posting such a delicious recipe, you should ship me a container?:) Very nice, Kevin!