Hey. Sometimes it happens. Despite your best intentions, you forgot to thaw something from the freezer or stop by the store. The kids are hungry and dinner needs to happen now. Rather than turning to frozen meals, we’ve got a quick and simple meal you can whip up in less than 15 minutes and can serve as either a side dish or a main course. Best of all, it uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. All you’ve got to do is dump it into a microwave-safe dish, heat and serve.

You can also heat this mixture through on the stove top, but microwave cooking means you don’t have to heat your whole house up and you don’t have to worry as much about burning or scorching. Of course, keep in mind every microwave oven is different. Some heat more quickly, so keep an eye on your dish.

To make these microwaved baked beans a complete meal, throw in whatever meat you have lying around. Add chopped hot dogs for classic franks and beans, pulled pork for barbecue-style baked beans or even leftover grilled chicken. It all adds up to a tasty and delicious meal that won’t leave you strapped for time, but which you know the whole family will love.


  • 4 1/2 cups of Randall Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey or molasses
  • Dash hot pepper sauce, (to taste)

In a 2-quart casserole, stir together the Randall Pinto Beans with the remaining ingredients. Cover dish and place in microwave for 5 minutes on high.

Turn dish and cook 5 minutes longer, or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

8 servings.

Cooking times in microwave ovens may vary according to wattage. If wattage is less than 700, allow more time.