Monday, May 21, 2012

Mmmore Chocolate Beans Please

About a month ago we went to a friend's house for lunch.  The boys had such a blast playing with other kids (other than each other).  For lunch we 'tricked' them into eating baked beans.  I have made the recipe a couple times since that day and the boys love them.  One of my dear sweet brothers loves them too (please say an extra prayer for him on Friday as he graduates from High School). We have nicknamed these beans as chocolate beans in hopes to get the little boys to eat them-it works (at least 2 helpings).  Serve as a side or a main dish; both ways are simply delish.  Great with an burgers. Make these instead of the typical canned baked beans.

Calico Beans

4 ounces bacon
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 large (21oz) can pork and beans
1 can (16oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained - use low sodium
1 can (16oz) butter/lima beans, rinsed and drained (I have used white beans here too) - use low sodium
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchip
1 T cider vinegar
1 t yellow mustard
1 t salt (I omit since going low-salt)

Cook bacon.  Cool and crumble.  Reserve a small amount of grease and brown beef and onion in it. Drain.
Combine all ingredients in a greased large oven-proof pot. Bake uncovered at 325 for 45-60minutes until as thick as desired. Or cook on LOW in greased crockpot for about 4-6 hours.

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