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Preview: Well-seasoned Baked Beans with Sausage and Ground Beef are taken to a new level with the addition of ground beef and hot sausage along with bacon.

My friend Larry called these hearty baked beans “the best-baked beans I ever had.” I don’t know if he was extra hungry. Maybe he was just appreciating food he didn’t have to make himself. Nevertheless, he’s a wonderful cook so I’m believing it. Here is the recipe as promised.

The recipe for Baked Beans with Ground Beef and Sausage elevates this well-seasoned casserole to a new level. They are a tradition in our family at all barbecues and cook-outs.

Since these baked beans contain ground beef, sausage, and bacon, they are a meal in their own right. They’re also a tasty side for steaks, pork chops, burgers, etc. Serve them at your next cook-out. Take them to a potluck. Or, fix them for a sick neighbor or friend.

HEARTY BAKED BEANS - in small bowls

Ingredients and substitutions:

  • BACON: Thin-sliced, thick-sliced, peppered bacon, or even turkey bacon. I can’t think of any bacon that wouldn’t be good in this recipe except for the fake bacon bits that come in a jar. No, thank you.
  • GROUND BEEF: I like the 88/12 ground beef at Costco. But really, even the cheapest ground beef is OK if you drain off the excess grease.
  • SAUSAGE: We are talking about breakfast sausage. Hot or regular-spiced is good.
  • ONIONS: Use fresh yellow or white onions. Frozen onions are convenient. Dried onions would be my last choice although they wouldn’t be bad as they have plenty of time to hydrate in the beans.
  • BELL PEPPERS: We prefer the red, yellow, or orange peppers because of their mild and slightly sweet flavor. The green ones are cheaper, though, if you enjoy the bitter flavor.
  • PORK and BEANS: I buy the cheapest beans because they have more “bean juice.” Suit yourself.
  • BARBECUE SAUCE: Our favorite brand is “Head Country Original.” Any brand traditional barbecue sauce is appropriate.
  • BROWN MUSTARD: Substitute every day prepared mustard if that’s what you have.
  • BROWN SUGAR: I use light brown sugar but dark brown sugar is good, too. If you use granulated white sugar, add a couple of teaspoons of molasses.
Hearty Baked Beans -- on chip

Frequently asked questions:

Can I make these in a slow cooker?

After assembling the recipe, cook on LOW for 3-4 hours.

Can I make these beans ahead of time?

Yes. The flavors of the beans seem to marry and get better after spending time in the fridge. However, you may need to add some water when reheating them as the beans will absorb moisture.

Do I need to rinse the beans?

Although many recipes recommend rinsing beans, I don’t do it in this recipe. The bean juices keep the beans moist. All the seasonings will completely mask the original flavor of the juices.

What should I serve with these beans?

Our favorite way to eat them is with potato chips using the beans as a dip. Please advise if that is not socially acceptable.

These beans make an appearance at all outdoor parties. Serve with burgers, barbecue chicken, steak, kabobs, deviled eggs, etc. Because they are so meaty, they also can serve as a main dish.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my friend, Larry!



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Paula

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Yield: 10 servings

Baked Beans with Sausage and Ground Beef Recipe

HEARTY BAKED BEANS

Well-seasoned baked beans are taken to a new level with the addition of ground beef, hot sausage, and bacon.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5-6 slices bacon
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound sausage (I like the HOT variety)
  • 1/2 cup finely-chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped (I like the red ones best)
  • 2 16-ounce cans pork and beans
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Fry bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove from pan and discard grease.
  2. In the same skillet, brown ground meat, then drain off the excess grease. Add onions and bell peppers. Cook until vegetables soften. Add pork and beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar to the meat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer beans to greased 2-quart dish. Crumble bacon over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Allow to stand an additional 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

*Cheap pork and beans work best as they tend to contain more liquid making the beans "juicier" after baked.

*Baking time will vary according to the depth of the baking dish you choose. Flatter dishes require less time. Beans will thicken some after removing from oven.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 1108mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 13gProtein: 18g

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