Beef and Beans

Prepared on the stovetop, if you have cooked ground beef and onion in your freezer stock this can be made with virtually no prep. If not, you’ll need to brown the ground beef and onion first, but it is still and easy stovetop meal.

Bowl of cooked ground beef and pinto beans in sauce

Beef and Beans

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories per Serving: 377
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 28 oz. baked beans
  • 1/2 C. water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash of liquid smoke if desired


  • Cook the ground beef and chopped onion in a large pan over medium heat. Drain off the fat. Add remaining ingredients to pan and simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.


If you have cooked ground beef and/or onions in the freezer, use those to speed up this recipe even more.
Recipe Author: Mary Ann Kelley

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Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking or publishing, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.

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