I really enjoy some good baked beans. Especially with ribs or chicken. Living in Southern California, with its huge Mexican influence, you often find refried beans, pinto beans, and black beans.
Nothing wrong with that at all, just a little more challenging to find some good baked beans. So I decided to make these Sweet Mango Baked Beans.
Since I love mango, this Sweet Mango Baked Beans recipe was a win-win for me. If you have a hard time finding Great Northern Beans at your local grocery store, you can easily substitute for a different type of white beans like Navy Beans or Cannellini beans.
If you've ever wondered what part of the pig Bacon comes from check out the picture below. Surprised?
🥓 How to Make Bacon
If you struggle to make bacon perfectly, I've put together a short tutorial on How to Make Perfect Bacon - 3 Ways. Check it out! My preferred method is baking it in the oven.
And don't throw away that bacon grease! Bacon is expensive and the grease is great for making Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Cheese, Popcorn and even hash browns. It can keep up to 3 months if properly stored in the refrigerator.
🌶 How to Handle Hot Peppers
The capsaicin in hot peppers is what makes peppers hot. If you handle hot peppers gloveless, it’s a guarantee that you’re in for a nasty case of chili burn, both on your fingers and anywhere you rub. Like your face. Ouch!
Even if you wear disposable gloves, be careful about what you touch. The gloves are going to protect your fingers, but touching any part of your body with the gloves after you’ve handled hot peppers can lead to severe chili burn.
Resist the temptation to rub your eyes. Wait until you’ve removed your gloves and washed your hands thoroughly with soap.
🌡️ How Hot Are the Peppers
The Scoville Scale is the measurement that tells you the spiciness of a given type of pepper.
|Pepper Type||Scoville Rating (Heat)|
|Tabasco & Cayenne||30,000-50,000|
💭 Ingredient Substitution
I often get asked what a good substitute for molasses would be. Not sure if it's because they don't have any on hand or simply don't like the flavor.
You have a few options as far as substitutes go: dark corn syrup, maple syrup, honey or even some dark brown sugar with a little water added to it.
Remember that substituting for one of these ingredients will alter the overall flavor of this recipe.
📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Sweet Mango Baked Beans recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Bacon, Sweet Onion, Jalapeños, Ketchup, Light Brown Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Worcestershire Sauce, Garlic Cloves, Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Mango and Great Northern Beans.
🥣 How to Make Sweet Mango Baked Beans
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Chop the bacon into bite-sized pieces and add to the hot skillet. Stir often until bacon starts to crisp.
Dice the onion and jalapeño pepper. Add to the skillet with the bacon and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
In a small saucepan set over low heat, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring to a boilover and then remove from heat.
Add the diced mango to the sauce. Using an immersion blender, blend the sauce until smooth.
When the sauce is smooth, add to the pan of bacon and onions. Add the beans and stir to coat in the sauce.
Place beans in a baking dish and bake for 50 minutes @ 350°F.
Sweet Mango Baked Beans
- Immersion Blender
- Baking Dish
- 1 lb Bacon, chopped
- ½ Sweet Onion, diced
- 1 Fresh Jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and diced
- 1 ¼ Cup Ketchup
- ½ Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 2 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tablespoon Molasses
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 Cup Mango, diced
- 48 oz Great Northern Beans, drained & rinsed
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Chop the bacon into bite sized pieces and add to the hot skillet. Stir often until bacon starts to crisp.
- Dice the onion and jalapeno pepper. Add to the skillet with the bacon and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- In a small sauce pan set over low heat, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil over and then remove from heat.
- Add the diced mango to the sauce. Using an immersion blender, blend the sauce until smooth.
- When the sauce is smooth, add to the pan of bacon and onions. Add the beans and stir to coat in the sauce.
- Place beans in a baking dish and bake for 50 minutes @ 350°F.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.