Sunday, August 14, 2011

Potluck Beans Slow Cooker Recipe

The Menu:
Potluck Beans Slow Cooker Recipe

The Original Recipe:
We have potlucks at our church. There is this one "chili" dish that someone brings and it's an absolute favorite of mine. I have yet to ask for the recipe. When you see it, it has every type of bean in it possible. If there is a word bean in the phrase of the product, it is in this dish. So, I found this recipe on Crockpot365.blogspot, and I changed it a bit. I wanted to make it as close to possible to see what I could do with it next time to make it more like theirs next time!

Potluck Beans Slow Cooker Recipe

1 pound lean ground meat, browned and drained


1 pound smoked bacon, browned, drained, and diced

1 medium onion, diced and browned

1 cup ketchup (no need to brown!)

1/4 cup brown sugar (already brown!)

1 (30-ounce) can Pork n' Beans (I love products with the "n" instead of an &)

1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15-ounce) can butter beans, drained and rinsed (they look like huge lima beans, and if they aren't in the bean section, try the canned veggie section)

1 tablespoon liquid smoke (yup, it's gluten free!)

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart or larger crockpot. This makes a lot.

In a large skillet, brown the hamburger, bacon, and onion. You could probably do this all together, but I did the bacon separately (and woah, mama. pork bacon spatters *way* more than turkey bacon, but it tastes a whole lot better, so I sort of got over it rather quickly. for me. I hate spattery messes.)

While the meats and onion are browning, add the rest of the ingredients into the slow cooker. No need to really stir things up quite yet, or the beans will fall apart. Drain the meats well, and dump into the slow cooker. Use a large spoon to gingerly fold in the hot ingredients.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Stir well and serve to your very best friends.

remember to clean the stove!
 
 
 
The Way I Made It My Own:
I added a few things. I would of liked to of used spicy ground sausage in this, but I didn't have any. I used hamburger, but then I added some red pepper flakes to spice it up. I think next time I will use at least 2 tablespoons chili powder to make it more of a chili. I didn't want to change it to much this first time around until I ate it and tried to figure out what else I wanted to add. I definitely had to add the mustard this time. I kept tasting it and something was missing up until I added it. Then it was very good!
 
Kowboys Potluck Beans
 
1 pound lean ground meat, browned and drained (preferably use spicy ground sausage)


1 pound smoked bacon, browned, drained, and diced

1 medium onion, diced and browned

1 small green pepper, chopped

1 cup ketchup (no need to brown!)

1/4 cup brown sugar (already brown!)

1 tablespoon Course brown mustard

1 (30-ounce) can Pork n' Beans (I love products with the "n" instead of an &)

1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15-ounce) can butter beans, drained and rinsed (they look like huge lima beans, and if they aren't in the bean section, try the canned veggie section)

1 (15-ounce) can green beans, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon liquid smoke (yup, it's gluten free!)


The Directions.

Use a 4-quart or larger crockpot.

In a large skillet, brown the hamburger (or pork), green pepper and onion. Microwave your bacon, covered, on high for 5 minutes or until crispy. Drain off fat. You could probably do this all together on the stove, but I did the bacon separately.

While the meats and onion are browning, add the rest of the ingredients into the slow cooker. No need to really stir things up quite yet, or the beans will fall apart. Drain the meats well, and dump into the slow cooker. Use a large spoon to gingerly fold in the hot ingredients.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Stir well and serve to your very best friends.
* Try adding at least 2 tablespoons chili powder.

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