Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
You can use half ground beef and half ground pork for this, and instead of using 2 cups of beans, just use 1 can of each, drained. I would think that this recipe could also be made in a slow cooker as well as in the oven, just increase cooking time if making in a slow cooker. Also the complete recipe may be doubled if desired --- this is VERY good! :)
- 1 1⁄2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 1 -2 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 7 -10 slices bacon
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1⁄3 cup white vinegar
- 1 (19 ounce) can tomatoes, with juice
- 1⁄4 cup chili sauce (can use ketchup in place of the chili sauce)
- 2 cups kidney beans
- 2 cups lima beans
- 1 (14 ounce) can pork and beans
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Tabasco sauce
- salt and pepper
- 2 -3 cups grated cheddar cheese
- Set oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease a large casserole dish (large enough to hold the mixture).
- In a Dutch oven or large frypan. fry the bacon until crisp, then crumble.
- Add in the ground beef with garlic, onion and celery; brown then drain fat.
- Add in all remaining ingredients; mix well to combine, adjusting salt, pepper and Tabasco to suit taste.
- Slightly mash the tomatoes with a fork.
- Transfer to casserole dish.
- Bake uncovered for about 1-1/2 hours.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese, return to oven for another 30 minutes.
I am a firehouse cook, and all the guys and gals loved this. I made it to take to work for a potluck lunch, and the organizer of the lunch told me that if this were a competion, I would have easily won. Nothing but praise. I added a few diced jalapeno's, 1 TBSP chili powder,2 tsp cumin, and a lb. of hot sausage. The tomatoes I used were diced Rotel with chilies. Next time I make this, I am going to experiment with different kinds of beans.