Sweet & sassy baked beans, featuring lean ground turkey, are easy to throw together & slow cooked in the crockpot. Serve as a side dish or add crusty bread and a green salad for a filling main dish. With the kick of Rotel tomatoes balanced by tangy orange marmalade, your family is sure to gobble this up! Created for Category Craze-E #1, Fall 2008 contest but removed so I could post the other entries.
- 2 (31 ounce) cans pork & beans (I use Van Kamps brand)
- 1⁄2 lb bacon
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies, mild flavor (Rotel brand)
- 1 large leek, rough chop white & light green parts only
- 1⁄2 cup sugar-free orange marmalade
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1⁄8 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Drain one can of pork & beans, do not drain the other. Pour both into the crockpot.
- Chop the bacon into 1 inch pieces (removing any large areas of fat) & fry on the stove til almost crisp, but not quite. Drain grease. Add bacon to crockpot.
- In same frying pan, crumble & brown the ground turkey. Drain & add to crockpot.
- Add the last 8 ingredients & stir well.
- Set crockpot to low setting & cook for 6-8 hours.
I wanted to make this for a while now. Glad I did. The marmalade comes through so nicely. I skipped the salt and bacon. Used all undrained cans of beans and 5 cloves of garlic. Doubled the celery seeds and chili powder. I did added 1/2 can of leftover chick peas. I place it in a tortilla with brown rice and cheese. Thanks!
Excellent, excellent, excellent! This is the recipe I will be using next time for baked beans. I am not normally a big fan of pork & beans, but my DH enjoys them. I wasn't expecting to like this recipe as much as I did. Not only would this be a great potluck item, but it is a terrific & filling meal for a family. These are an unexpected delight! So tasty, not overwhelmingly sweet, nicely seasoned, and full of meat. My husband ate several servings & passed over a cake to have more of these later. He even told me not to lose this recipe! Success!! =) I used a 51 oz can of pork & beans. I drained most of the liquid off of both it & the rotel tomatoes. I also used regular marmalade & completely omitted the salt. I followed all other instructions & ingredients. They smelled so good cooking and thickened as they cooled. The leftovers are wonderful! Thank you for a recipe that will be in my keeper file!