Honey Baked Beans

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These stovetop honey baked beans are a delicious, kid-friendly side dish full of protein and flavor. At $.27 per serving, they’re also very affordable.

These stovetop honey baked beans are a delicious, kid-friendly side dish full of protein and flavor. At $.27 per serving, they're also very affordable.

Baked beans are delicious comfort food. I love the combination of sweet and savory flavors.

My version of stovetop “baked” beans is sweet, smoky, and very affordable to make. It’s sweetened by honey and flavored by just a few other simple ingredients.

The kombu infuses minerals into the beans, and it makes them more easily digestible (read my tutorial about how to cook beans for details). Soak the beans overnight, and this recipe is easy to put together in the morning.

Instead of using bacon, which can get expensive, I use leftover bacon grease for flavor. At $.27 per serving, this recipe is a great, higher protein side dish to accompany many different main courses.

Try my Instant Pot pinto beans and rice or my slow cooker pinto beans for another simple, satisfying bean dish.

Honey Baked Beans

These honey baked beans are an easy side dish.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour 30 minutes
Soak Time:8 hours
Total Time:9 hours 40 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 1 cup dry navy beans or kidney beans
  • 1 inch by 2 inch piece of kombu
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbs bacon fat
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika


  • Soak the beans and the kombu in a large pot of water overnight.
  • In the morning, drain and rinse the beans. Return them to a large pot and add 3 cups of water plus the kombu.
  • Simmer gently for an hour, or until the beans begin to get tender.
  • Remove the kombu and add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Simmer uncovered over low heat for another 30 to 40 minutes, until the mixture thickens. Serve warm.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 858mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 4mg
Servings: 7
Calories: 293kcal
Cost: $.27 per serving

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Honey Baked Beans Price Breakdown

This recipe yields 7 half cup servings and it costs a total of $1.86 to make, or $.27 per serving. This easy side dish recipe is a great way to get more protein on your plate.


  1. I just found this recipe and it looks fabulous! Only problem for me is that I live in NC(a NJ transplant) and my choices at the grocery store are limited. No chance of me finding Kombu. Is there a substitute I can use?

    1. You can order the kombu on Amazon if you want its de-gassing effects. Otherwise, you can make the beans without it.

  2. Thanks for the kombu tip–next time I’m at the Asian market I will look for it.

    Your post reminds me, I’m nearly out of bacon fat so I guess I’d better bake a batch of bacon so I can replenish my stock.

    1. Kirsten, you can never have enough bacon fat on hand, so it’s a nice excuse to make bacon. You can also find kombu at Whole Foods, although I’m guessing it would be less expensive at an Asian market.

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