Baked Beans/Frijoles canadienses

Had a great BBQ at the beach home of our friends Cindy and Dan and about 20 people. These beans were a hit with the Yucatecans as well. I have made them many times before at home in Canada too with the same raves…here is the recipe…

Frijoles Canadienses…

1 medium white onion finely chopped

3 cans (16 oz.) Heinz or Bush brand beans with sauce.* (see note below)

½ lb. smoked bacon unsliced**(see note below)

1/3 cup ketchup

2 T molasses (available at Chedraui Norte & Pacsadeli in Merida)

2 T brown sugar

1 T cider vinegar

½ tsp. dry mustard (Coleman’s)

¼ tsp. thyme

¼ tsp. ginger

1/8 tsp. ground cloves


Slice the bacon into small chunks the size of Chiclets or a little bigger. Fry until not too crispy. Mix all of the ingredients in the cooking container and stir well.

If cooking in the microwave, use a Corning ware casserole dish with a cover. Cook covered 10 to 15 minutes on high.

My preference is to use the slow cooker! Mix all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours, stirring every half hour or so. The beans will then thicken up!

  • In Mexico I use cans of frijoles churros and NOT bajos! You can find BUSH beans at Chedraui or Pacsadeli…
  • Also in Mexico, I use the Peñaranda brand – Tocino Ahumado  en trozo available at Superama in Merida. Cut it up the size of Chiclets as well or a little larger depending on your preference.




Author: reg45

Canadian guy living part time in Progreso, Yucatan.

4 thoughts on “Baked Beans/Frijoles canadienses”

  1. Definitely saving this recipe Reg and Larry. I used to make this frequently. We called it Campfire Beans. Here in Mexico I would probably add a roasted, skinned and chopped Poblano chili to the mix.

    Thanks again for the great recipes. How about sharing the Rose and Thistle dressing with the gang.

    Bev Scott

  2. Hi Reg and Larry,
    I made this to take to Laurie’s cottage and it is really good!! Thanks for the idea and recipe!!

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