Marvin’s Baked Beans

This is my husband’s “famous” recipe that serves about 20 people. The hardest part about making it is opening the cans. You can throw all of the ingredients into a slow-cooker in the morning or cook everything in a big pot on the stove. Either way, this is a crowd-pleaser and great for big summer get-togethers. The secret to this recipe is the variety of beans – six different kinds! If you like a little heat – use a spicy BBQ sauce. If you like them extra sweet, add a little more brown sugar. For a more complex taste, add 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro. But whatever you do, don’t cut this recipe in half, since that will just leave you with 6 half-full cans of beans in your refrigerator. Just make the entire batch and freeze the leftovers so you’ll be ready when the next party rolls around.

Marvin’s Baked Beans

Servings 20


  • 1 – 28 oz. c an baked beans (vegetarian, optional)
  • 1 – 15 oz. can can diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 20 oz. can pineapple bits
  • 1 – 15 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 – 15 0z. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 – 15 oz. can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 – 15 oz. can canelli beans (white kidney beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 – 15 oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 – 15 oz. can small white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup bottled BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)


  • In a large pot, combine all ingredients (including the juice from the tomatoes and the pineapple). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer, uncovered, for one hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Adjust seasonings to your taste.
  • Serve as an accompaniment to your favorite summer BBQ dish.
  • This is a large recipe which will serve 20+ people. Freeze part of the recipe for later use if you do not need the entire batch.
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