Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

Another of my husband's favorites. I got this recipe out of a cookbook called "Dining with Pioneers". It's apparently a collection of recipes by a group from Tennessee. This one was submitted by someone named Mae Hallum from Memphis.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a Dutch oven or other large, heavy, oven proof pot fry bacon until crisp and set aside.
  2. Drain fat.
  3. In the same pan, cook ground beef, onion and celery until meat in brown and the onion and celery are tender.
  4. Meanwhile, dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water.
  5. Add bouillon to meat mixture with the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  6. Cover and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes in a 375 degree oven until hot and bubbly.
  7. Crumble bacon over beans and serve.
  8. This makes a LOT of beans. I usually halve the recipe.


Most Helpful

I first spotted the recipe in a issue of "Country" magazine in an article on Dutch Oven Cooking. It being posted here makes it a nice resource. Thank you for posting!

After sauteing the meats, onions, celery, and garlic I ladled everything into a crockpot then added the rest of the ingredients. I drained the beans and cooked on high several hours. The beans were thick and proved to be a hearty meal. They would be excellent campfire fare or after the game food for a cool night.

Susie D August 30, 2012

Great comfort food! Since it is just the two of us now I made half of the recipe and we still had some left for lunch tomorrow. I used ground round, Bush baked beans, and beef broth that I eyeballed to measure. Served over white bread and enjoyed! Adopted RuthlessWr for Pick A Chef 2012.

lauralie41 April 06, 2012

My absolute favourite recipe, especially during cold weather. Cornbread or Garlic Bread makes an excellent addition.

Jim E. December 25, 2008

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