Better Baked Beans and the Dangers of Waiting

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Better Baked Beans

I see so many people around me waiting.  Waiting for 5:00pm, waiting for the weekend, waiting for vacation, waiting for a better life.  Think about waiting for a second.  How many times have you been waiting for a doctor’s appointment and thought, “Wow, this waiting thing is fun!”  I bet never.  How many times have you been standing in line at the grocery store or the DMV and thought to yourself… “Man, waiting is awesome.  I’ve got to do it more often.”  Waiting isn’t very gratifying, it’s not much fun, and it doesn’t really get us anywhere.  Yet, we are forced to wait a lot.  Now go back to that first sentence back up there.  Are you waiting for something?  Is it quitting time, a trip, your next paycheck, when you have enough money?  If you spend your whole life waiting, you’re going to look back and see a rather dull and empty path behind you.  We just established that waiting at the doctor’s office or in line is no fun, the same applies in waiting for your life.  Don’t spend your days waiting for the next one, you’ve got to make the best of the one you have.  At the end of all that waiting, you’ll find your kids grown, your bank account unchanged, and that many of those opportunities have passed you by.   Grab the day by the horns and do something fun and amazing.  Stop waiting.  Remember, life doesn’t have to be flashy and perfect to be wonderful.  Enjoy what you have.  A day will come when there won’t be anymore days left to wait.

This recipe is a quick and easy was to dress up canned baked beans and make them sing!  You show up with these at the next BBQ or potluck and folks will be asking for the recipe, I promise.  Best of all, it’s one of those stir and dump recipes I’ve become known for.  Y’all enjoy!Better Baked Beans - Pinterest

Better Baked Beans
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
  • 1 28-ounce can baked beans
  • 1 16-ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spray a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. . Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and pour the mixture into the baking dish. Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly.

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  1. Wow, this looks great! I love that it only takes five minutes to prepare. Can’t get much more “dump and go” than that!

    I totally agree about waiting. Your insights definitely inspired me to get going on all of those things I’ve been putting off until I’m “ready,” whatever that means.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and recipe!

  2. Mary Lynn says:

    Hello Stacey…I am a fan of your recipes, yet this morning I happened to read your blog here and just want to thank you for the inspiration to avoid the waiting game. I am 52 and seem to get caught up in this trap. I have read plenty of quotes and messages, but yours is a good one! Thanks again, and I will definitely try these baked beans!

    Your friend,
    Mary Lynn

  3. Where’s the bacon?

  4. Thanks so much for your inspiration and awesome recipe Stacey. I thought for sure it had pineapple in it??? I’m baking a roaster of beans to serve over 200 for a Bean Days festival this Friday and will save this one for next year. Thanks for all you share. Have a wonderful week.

  5. I thought it had pineapple in it too Marsha. What are those yellow pieces we can see?

  6. I was wondering what brand of baked beans you use

  7. Stacy, I am definitely going to make this recipe! Love your recipes! 🙂 I enjoyed your inspiring intake about how we can miss out on a lot of blessings and joy in our lives by waiting too long for the right time etc. Its just what I needed today!!! I been thinking lately of going and seeing my maternal aunt in Minnesota ,and some of my other kin while I am still able to travel. Your stories are truly a blessing,. You have a gift of wisdom for sure!

    • Thanks, Beverly. Sometimes God just puts thing on my heart and I just love sharing that with y’all. Tell your Aunt hello from us!

  8. Life is a journey-not a destination. These beans or similar also do well in a crock pot and then you can keep them warm on a buffet table or they will hold the heat at a picnic.

  9. Stacy- These baked beans look good!. I like your sentence; enjoy what you have. I definitely do. 🙂 Thanks for all your wonderful recipes.

  10. Looks good, but what are the yellow chunks?

  11. With Wings says:

    Hi Stacey, The beans look so good that I could smell them through the computer!!! LOL I buy the red onions ( I call them purple) for my husband. I am guessing they would be good in the beans? Over the years, I started cooking my beans on the stovetop in an iron skillet, instead of the oven. I guess because I did not want to WAIT!!!

    Love the scripture in the Bible that reads……”They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles……..” Isaiah 40:31.

    God Bless Y’all!!!

  12. I love bake beans, I use a pound of ground beef, bell peppers, onion sweet yellow, add some maple syrup, sprinkle a little cinnamon. I use bush bake beans and add my own touch. Love your post Stacey and keep doing what you do.

  13. Love your recipes and love your thoughts on waiting — you’re so, so right. Like you say, it seems we’re always waiting for something – but it’s easy to miss living in the moment – and enjoying/appreciating everything we DO have when we let waiting get in the way. Thanks for the reminder; I needed it.

  14. These were so good! I made the beans along with the slow cooker ribs, cream cheese mashed potatoes, and spoonbread. My boyfriend has finished them all off! Thank you for posting these recipes!

  15. Where’s the bacon? I was expecting BACON! LOL

  16. I make something similar. I add ground beef, bacon, dry mustard,, brown sugar, and skip the cider. We call it cowboy beans, and serve it with some crusty bread. The kids love it!

  17. When I married in 1972, every Southern household had to have a bean pot. My recipe is close to yours with the addition of molasses and my beans are the standard VanCamp’s Pork n Beans! I like the idea of adding the kidney beans. Some times bacon and sometimes not. My mother always used bacon drippings from the “official bacon drippings can” that sat by the stove. Have a wonderful weekend.

  18. Faith Semien says:

    What great inspiration! This is my new motto: Grab the day by the horns and do something fun and amazing. Stop waiting. Remember, life doesn’t have to be flashy and perfect to be wonderful. Enjoy what you have. Thank you Staci!

  19. This bean dish is the bomb!!!! Add a tad of bacon drippings and a dollop of maple syrup and my husband raved.
    Thanks for the insight also 😉

  20. Jody Harrington says:

    I make these every July 4,they are always a hit.Thank you.

  21. Sometimes, like today, I want to eat something that someone has put some love into (as opposed to fast food)…so thanks for sharing! 🙂

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