New England-Style Baked Yellow Eye Beans

rancho gordo pinquito beans


  • 1 pound yellow eye beans (soaked in water overnight )
  • 1 medium Onion (chopped)
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 8 oz. bacon (chopped into small pieces; see note to make Vegan! )
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 23 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
  • black pepper (to taste)


  1. Bring the beans and 4 cups of water to a boil in a large oven-safe pot on medium high heat, and then reduce to a simmer. Meanwhile prep the other ingredients.
  2. Heat oven to 250°. Add the chopped onion, cloves, bacon, maple syrup, molasses, dry mustard to the pot. Mix a few times and then cover. Place the pot in the oven and bake for roughly 3 hours and stir occassionally.
  3. After roughly 3 hours, stir in ketchup, vinegar, black pepper and cover. Stir occasionally and bake until the beans are tender and the liquid has reduced and mixture has thickened. (For thicker consistency, you can mash up some of the beans)
  4. Serve and enjoy!


You can also do this on the stove. If you can’t find Rancho Gordo in your local market, Amazon has a sampler available.

To make this vegan, omit the bacon and start with 1/2 teaspoon of liquid smoke. Add 1/2 teaspoon more for a stronger taste. For my batch, I used a total of 1.5 teaspoons. You will definitely notice it with 1 teaspoon and if you are sensitive to it, that might be sufficient! 

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