Calico Bean Bake

A colorful medley of beans adds interest to a casserole that will feed a crowd but is still easy on the budget.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean (90%) ground beef
  • 1 can (28 ounces) cut green beans
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) red beans
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) Great Northern beans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) honey Dijon barbecue sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut bacon in 1-inch pieces using Chef's Knife. In (12-in.) Skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until browned. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain. Discard drippings in pan.

  2. Chop onion using Food Chopper. Add ground beef and onion to skillet. Cook over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking beef into small crumbles. 

  3. Meanwhile, drain and rinse all beans except pork and beans in large Stainless Mesh Colander; set aside. 

  4. Drain beef using small Stainless Mesh Colander; return to skillet. Add reserved beans, undrained pork and beans, barbecue sauce and all except 1/4 cup of the bacon to beef in skillet; mix well.

  5. Spoon mixture in Rectangular Baker; top with remaining bacon. Bake 45 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. 

Yield:

  • 12  servings of 1 cup

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 440, Fat 18 g, Sodium 1830 mg, Dietary Fiber 9 g     

Cook's Tips:

The 11-inch capacity of the large Stainless Mesh Colander allows you to drain and rinse all of the beans (except pork and beans) at one time.

 

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