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Loaded Baked Potato & Baked Bean Casserole

Everything you love about a baked potato with an extra special layer of baked beans and gooey cheese.

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I’m a baked-beans-mixed-with-my-potatoes kind of gal. It’s a thing, and, if it’s not, I’m making it a thing. 

Trending… Baked potatoes smothered in saucy beans.

That’s one delicious trend.

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Some folks like to keep their food separated when they load up their plate. I, on the other hand, like to load my plate up and swirl it all together.

When I was growing up, my grandfather introduced me to the combination of mashed potatoes and corn. He would slap a huge spoonful of taters on the plate and use a spoon to create a divot. He would then place a generous amount of sweet corn in the center. And, as if that wasn’t’ good enough, he would drown the heaping pile in gravy.

I’ve been mixing food ever since.

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I saw this loaded baked potato and baked bean casserole as the perfect opportunity to combine two of my favorite summer-time sides.

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July officially kicks off the start of National Baked Bean Month. Since baked beans are my absolute favorite summer side dish, I was excited when Pacific offered me the opportunity to work with their new line of organic baked beans.

Pacific offers two varieties of baked beans: pork and vegetarian. My family is all about the pork, so I reached for a box of their organic baked beans with pork. Each box is full of rich, flavorful slow-cooked baked beans.

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With Fourth of July right around the corner, baked beans are perfect for cookout season.

In order to add big flavor to the potatoes, I cooked them in a little bacon fat and added onions, sweet peppers, and a sprinkle of garlic powder. I added the cooked potato mixture to a casserole dish and folded in crispy bacon and freshly grated cheddar cheese. The potatoes get a generous topping of baked beans and an additional handful of cheddar cheese before the casserole heads to oven.

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The end result is a perfectly baked casserole with layers of flavor. You’ll love the way the crisp potatoes mingle with the saucy baked beans and gooey cheese.

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Serve this dish as a main or as a side at your next summer cookout.

Loaded Baked Potato & Baked Bean Casserole

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon, cut into ½-inch strips

2 tablespoons reserved bacon grease

6 medium red potatoes, cut into ½-inch cubes (about 6 cups)

1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ cup diced red pepper

½ cup diced green pepper

1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 (13.6 ounce) box Pacific Organic Baked Beans with Pork

2 scallions, sliced

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter an 8-inch-by-8-inch casserole dish.

In a large sauté pan, add the bacon. Cook over medium heat until the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Set aside.

Drain the bacon grease, reserving 2 tablespoons.

Add potatoes, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the sauté pan with the bacon grease. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

Add the onions, green pepper, and red pepper to the pan with the potatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are crispy and tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer the potato mixture to your prepared casserole dish. Stir in reserved bacon and ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese.

Top with an even layer of baked beans and remaining shredded cheddar cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly and the cheese is melted.

Top with scallions.

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16 Responses to “Loaded Baked Potato & Baked Bean Casserole”

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    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — July 1, 2014 at 9:45 am

    This dish would be awesome for a backyard barbecue. I totally love to mix barbecue sauce in my mashed potatoes, so I can see where baked beans and potatoes would be a great combo. Yum.

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    • Jennie replied July 3rd, 2014 at 10:07 am

      I’m going to have to try bbq in my taters next time. Thanks, Kim!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I can’t wait to make this! We love baked beans! Pinned!

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    • Jennie replied July 3rd, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Thanks, Anna! You’ll love it.

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — July 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I’m loving this Jennie! If this isn’t comfort food I don’t know what is :) Also I’m in love with that casserole dish!!

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    • Jennie replied July 3rd, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Thanks, Karen. This is the epitome of comfort.

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    Julia — July 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    An entire month dedicated to baked beans? My gosh, I think I died and went to heaven! I love baked beans, potatoes, and anything with melty cheese on it, so my desire to fall face first into this dish is pretty strong. Definitely a perfect side dish to bring with me to my 4th of July celebration! :)

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    • Jennie replied July 3rd, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Who knew, right? I’m all for an entire month of saucy beans. Thanks so much, Julia.

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    Choc Chip Uru — July 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    This casserole looks hearty, filling and delicious :D
    A great combination!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    • Jennie replied July 3rd, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Thanks, Uru!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — July 2, 2014 at 8:52 am

    This is some great comfort food! Love the combination of potatoes and baked beans!

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    • Jennie replied July 3rd, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Thanks, Jess!

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    Ami@NaiveCookCooks — July 2, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Girl, these look so so good. Cheesy baked perfection. I have have a big bowl with some chips please!!

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    • Jennie replied July 3rd, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Thank you so much, Ami!

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    Laura Dembowski — July 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Love Pacific and their boxed products. I just don’t do cans. And I’m down with your baked potato and baked bean trend, especially with all that melty cheese.

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    Emily at AllFreeCasseroleRecipes — July 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Wow, this looks to die for! I love baked potatoes and I love baked beans, but never thought to put them together in a casserole of cheesy goodness. Well done! This would be an excellent summer food. Can’t wait to try it – thanks for sharing!

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