Dakota’s Pride Grill Style Beans – Steakhouse Style

I generally only like name-brand Bush’s baked beans. I wrote about this preference a few months ago when I talked about what I don’t buy at Aldi. In my previous experiences, anything that wasn’t Bush’s just tasted off. However, on a friend’s recommendation, I tried some of Aldi’s specialty Grill Style beans, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Dakota's Pride Grill Style Beans

Dakota’s Pride supplies most of Aldi’s bean offerings, including chili, kidney, black, great northern, pinto, and baked beans. In addition, Dakota’s Pride offers some more upscale Grill Style beans that come in a few varieties, most notably Steakhouse Style and Southern BBQ. These appear to be a Special Buy (ALDI Find) because I went about a year between sightings of these beans in my local Aldi stores. That’s a shame because they really were excellent.

I tried the Steakhouse Style beans. These are a “savory blend of beans, onions and green peppers simmered with brown sugar in a hearty steak sauce.”

The Steakhouse Style beans come in a 22-ounce can and serve approximately five people, with 180 calories, 0 grams fat, 500mg sodium, 7 grams of protein, and 18 grams of sugar per serving. They do have a lot of sugar, but that’s to be expected with any baked beans in sauce. They are advertised as an excellent source of fiber. The ingredients list is: prepared white beans, water, brown sugar, less than 2% of onions, green peppers, salt, tomato paste, cornstarch modified, mustard bran, caramel color, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, natural molasses flavor, spice, vinegar, garlic powder, and natural smoke flavor.

The beans have instructions for heating in a microwave-safe dish or on the stove top.

My family liked these beans a lot, which is saying something when we are all a bunch of Bush’s brand snobs. These aren’t the same as Bush’s original baked bean formula, which is what we usually eat. The Dakota’s Pride Grill Style Beans – Steakhouse Style have a slightly different flavor and noticeable bits of green pepper (but not too much, for those of you who are picky about green things in your food).

The Verdict:

My family usually only likes name-brand Bush’s baked beans, but we tried Aldi’s Dakota’s Pride Grill Style Beans – Steakhouse Style after a friend recommended them. They aren’t exactly the same as Bush’s original baked beans, but we liked them well enough that we’ve been won over. These are a Special Buy (ALDI Find) item, which means they aren’t sold year-round, so I’ll be stocking up the next time these beans make an appearance on Aldi’s shelves.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Senior Editor for Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and collecting house plants. You can learn more about her at www.rachaelsjohnston.com.


  1. You must be kidding. This is one thing I will never again buy from Aldi. The can contained more sauce than beans. I swear there seamed to be imply 1/3 of the contents were genes. Total rip off. If they can’t sell a can of beens for the price they are charging the charge more, but give me a can of beens not sauce which went down the drain.

  2. I started shopping at Aldi’s a few months ago, and I’ve bought a lot of their house brand items. We all know that house brands can be hit or miss.

    I like many of Aldi’s house brand items, but I must say that their Dakota’s Pride baked beans are not one of them. The taste was artificial, shallow, and simply unpleasant. It made me think of acid and saccharine. I was surprised at the poor quality of their beans because most of their canned food items do much better. It looks like for now I’m sticking to brand name baked beans.

    Thank you for writing the review, Rachel. I’m glad your family liked the beans, as well as your friend who recommended them. I guess the beauty of the bean is in the eye of the beholder!

    • Same here, I had one spoonful with rice and the bacon bit tasted awful. Through them all down the bowl and I pray I won’t get sick.

  3. Dakota beans fro Aldi were mostly juice, will not buy again

  4. We shop a lot at Aldi and are very happy !
    The Dakota beans original & Maple is not on our list any more .

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