I was not a fan of baked beans until I discovered that I could make them myself! And not only could I make them, I could do whatever I wanted to make them even more delicious. My mother-in-law gave me a recipe for her Cowboy Beans, this is my take on it with a few twists. Trust me... You will never eat baked beans from the can again!
You know any recipe that starts with bacon is going to be amazing!
Crisp up your bacon and set aside.
Dice up some onion, green bell pepper and a jalapeño .
Soften the veggies in a skillet.
Brown ground chicken. (You can substitute ground beef or pork.)
Sprinkle in some ground pepper and seasoning salt.
Grab some beans!
Rinse the beans well.
Dump the beans into the browned chicken.
Stir in a tablespoon of tomato paste.
Brown sugar adds an amazing depth of flavor to this dish.
A dash or two of Worcestershire sauce.
A couple of tablespoons of BBQ sauce.
Next squirt in some mustard.
If you have never used (or even heard of) liquid smoke, you will LOVE the benefits of a small dash to take your dish to a whole new level! (You can find it in the same section as the BBQ sauce and Worcestershire sauce in most grocery stores)
A teaspoon of chili powder.
Adding some water will give you a nice sauce and bring the dish together.
Lastly stir in the crispy bacon. (Mmmm ya!)
Look at those gorgeous beans!
Serve with some chopped scallions on top.
6 Slices of Bacon, diced
1/2 C diced Green Bell Pepper
1 Small Onion, diced
1 Jalapeño, diced
1 lb. Ground Chicken
1/2 tsp. Seasoning Salt
1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
1 Can Pinto Beans
1 Can Black Beans
1 Can Great Northern Beans
1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
1/3 C. Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp Mustard
3 Tbsp BBQ Sauce
1/4 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
3/4 C Water
Green Onions for garnish
Fry Bacon until crispy in a large skillet. Remove and set aside. Soften onion, green pepper and jalapeño in bacon grease. Add ground chicken and brown. Add seasoning salt and pepper. Drain and rinse beans. Add to browned chicken. Stir in tomato paste. Add brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, mustard, BBQ sauce and liquid smoke. Stir in water. Allow beans to simmer for 10 minutes on low. Add crispy strips of bacon. Serve with green onions for garnish.
Keikilani ~ ALL MY GOOD THINGS