When I grew up my father was the one who cooked dinner on weeknights. He enjoyed "inventing" dishes from what was on hand. This is my tweaked version of his creation. Delicious, quick to make and easy on the budget. My kids always used to fight over the leftovers, if there *were* any. Wonderful served with a fresh salad, apple sauce and bread & butter. Servings is a guess-timate, but it makes enough for a hungry family of six! Can be simmered in a crockput on low for 4 hours if desired. Throw in 1-2 teaspoons of Bone Dust BBQ Rub if you want a more complex flavor - yum!
- 3 (28 ounce) cans baked beans (Bush's Best Original works best, *NOT* BBQ varieties)
- 2 lbs ground beef (I prefer meatloaf mix)
- 3 small onions, chopped (use Vidalia Sweet Onions if available)
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed (or more if you like!)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar (optional)
- In a large frying pan, cook hamburger until no longer pink, 10-15 minutes.
- Break into small pieces with a spatula and drain off grease.
- While ground beef is cooking, chop onions and peel garlic cloves & crush.
- Melt butter in bottom of a large cooking pot on medium heat; saute the onions 5 minutes.
- Add garlic to the onions and continue to saute until onions are translucent, another 2-3 minutes.
- Add beans, ground beef and brown sugar to pot and stir well.
- Heat on medium-low heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.