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Root Beer Apple Baked Beans

All nine men in our family love roughing it outdoors. My beans with bacon and apples is a "must " to keep their outdoor energy going. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 6 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 4 cans (16 ounces each) baked beans
  • 1 can (21 ounces) apple pie filling
  • 1 can (12 ounces) root beer
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho chili pepper, optional
  • 1 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese, optional


  • Prepare campfire or grill for medium heat, using 32-36 charcoal briquettes or large wood chips.
  • In a 10-in. Dutch oven, cook bacon over campfire until crisp. Remove; discard drippings. Return bacon to pan; stir in baked beans, pie filling, root beer and, if desired, ancho chili pepper
  • Cover Dutch oven. When briquettes or wood chips are covered with ash, place Dutch oven on top of 16-18 briquettes. Place 16-18 briquettes on pan cover.
  • Cook 30-40 minutes to allow flavors to blend. If desired, sprinkle servings with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 255 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 778mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 9g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • kids chauffer
    Oct 14, 2019

    Added a chopped apple, some cinnamon and nutmeg instead of pie filling. Served bacon crumbled on top of beans. Used a few drops of chipotle Tabasco sauce instead of ancho chilies. Pretty good overall.

  • cocoachick
    Jul 17, 2016

    What a fun twist on traditional baked beans! I followed the recipe except I used "no sugar added" apple pie filling. I included the ancho chili pepper and smoked cheddar. Next time I'll use less root beer just to make the bean sauce thicker; the flavor the soda gave the beans was delicious!

  • KristineChayes
    Jun 23, 2016

    These beans were good, something different. I chopped up the apple slices, used only 3/4 cup root beer and only 1/2 cup shredded cheese. I made these beans yesterday when friends stopped by and everyone liked them so much, I plan to make a double batch for a big party I'm having Fourth of July weekend.

  • CSueMiller
    Jun 2, 2016

    Really sweet! Too much for my taste.