When old man hunger comes knocking at your door you can tell him to take a hike if you've got a pot of beans like this in the oven.
Fashioned from an assortment of canned beans with a hint of added sweetness from sugar and a hefty hit of spice via barbecue sauce and Dijon it's the addition of bacon and hamburger that make it really sing. Great as a main course along with some corn bread or as a side dish with steak or ribs, it's the perfect dish for a potluck or just 2 very hungry people that don't mind leftovers - a lot of leftovers.
The Big Guy can vouch for the fact it makes a darn fine lunch, particularly along with those hot dogs he so loves.
Old Settler Beans (Adapted from Jackson Hole Cooks)
3/4 pound lean ground beef
6 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 – 16 ounce can pork and beans
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can pinto (red) beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 350. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat and add chopped bacon. Cook until bacon is starting to crisp and has released some fat into the pot. Add ground beef and cook crumbling until no longer pink. Add onion and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until onion has softened. Add pork and beans, drained and rinsed kidney and pinto beans. Stir in sugars, barbecue sauce, ketchup, chili powder and Dijon. Cover pot and bake for 1 hour. Serves 4 as a main course or 8 as a side dish. Download Old Settler Beans
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