Wednesday, August 10, 2011

One Pot Bean Dinner

It isn't quite cool enough to be thinking about this dish yet, but this is a great meal to have when it is beginning to cool in the fall. This recipe was printed in a church cook book where I used to attend church, and it is better than most similar recipes as it uses liquid smoke, giving this dish a depth of flavor lacking in other recipes. This is also a great dish to take to pot lucks. I like this best as a side dish. This is also great served over rice for a main meal.

One Pot Bean Dinner

1 pound ground chuck
1 cup chopped onion
1 pound bacon, cut into small pieces
1 can (16 ounce)  kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (16 ounce) baby butter beans, drained
4 cans (16 ounces) pork and beans
1 cup Heinz Simply Ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
 sea salt and pepper, to taste

In skillet, brown hamburger and onions till brown; drain grease. Meanwhile, cut up bacon and fry in another skillet until done; drain grease.
Combine all ingredients into a 5-6 quart crock pot, stirring well to blend. Cook on low for 4-9 hours. Or you can combine in a Dutch oven and cook over low heat, stirring frequently so as not to burn, for 1-3 hours.

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