Not Your Momma’s Beans

Do not be confused by the title of this post!! You haven’t accidentally stumbled upon another food blog. It’s still little old me! But because food is a big part of my life, I will occasionally share a recipe that even Jesus would’ve liked on His last supper table!

On Tuesday nights , we host a small group bible study at our home. And because we meet at dinner time, we start each week’s gathering around the table having a meal together. Well to be honest, the women sit at the table and the men stand around in the kitchen hoping to find some empty counter space for their plates! But they don’t mind, being the good southern gentlemen they all are! The recipe I’m sharing with y’all today is one I made this week for our “End of Semester Cook Out Extravaganza”. These are not your average old baked beans. These are really good. Really, really, really good even!

So with no further ado, here ya go……the actual recipe near the actual top of the post. No scrolling through 1500 words and ads to get to this one!!

This is what you need

  • 1lb ground beef (or turkey if you prefer less fat)
  • Bacon (I won’t tell you how much to use. That’s between you and Jesus!)
  • 2 cans each kidney beans, white beans, pork ‘n beans (or whatever beans float your boat)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3/4 C light brown sugar
  • 3/4 C ketchup
  • Little less than 1/2 C molasses
  • 2 big glubs of yellow mustard (if you must measure, start with 2 T)

This is how you doooo iiiit (did you sing that?)

  1. In a large dutch oven type pot, cook your ground beef (or turkey) with the diced onions. After you feel confident you have the perfect amount of bacon (because Jesus said USE AS MUCH AS YOU WANT BECAUSE I LOVE YOU!) cut the bacon in small pieces and cook it with the meat and onions. You can also cook the bacon separately if you like but I really like saving steps. So I cooked it all together! Drain!
  2. Stop and say a little prayer of thanks for bacon…just because!
  3. Drain and rinse all your beans except the pork ‘n beans. Then add all these yummy, belly filing beans to your meat mixture.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients. Besides the bacon, these are the things that help make these beans so incredibly yummy!
  5. Bring to a boil. Or at least let them get really hot before you cover then and turn them down to simmer for a while. I let mine simmer for about an hour but you can dig in way sooner than that if you need to!

This recipe fed 9 people very generous portions. And there were left overs. I feel confident you will love these beans, especially if you already sorta like baked beans. If you just can’t stand beans, make these for your bean lovers and try a bite. You just might change your mind about beans after that! And if not, Jesus still loves you!!


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