Rock Your Socks Off Bacon Beans

Beans! Beans! They’re good for your budget. The more you eat… not sure how to finish this revision. Well, even if I can not write poetry, I can make a tasty pot of beans. That has to count for something. Especially since beans are a really budget friendly source of protein.
The problem is they can be boring. And redundant. And boring. And redundant. They do not need to be though. We eat a lot of beans around here, and since my husband is far from being a lover of all things bean-y, I need to make them tasty super flavorful, and definitely not boring.
Here is one of the ways I have found our family will, joyfully, eat beans for dinner. There are several, but I actually have a recipe for this one so I can share it with you.

So, those beans might not look like they will rock your socks off, but trust me they will. They are dynamite beans in disguise. My husband, who as you will recall is not a lover of all things bean-y, even thoroughly enjoyed these.

3 slices bacon
1 onion
2 T sorghum, honey, or sugar
1/4 c white vinegar
1/4 c molasses
1 t paprika
1/4 t ground mustard
2 t onion powder
5 cups cooked beans
Salt to taste

The process is simple.

Fry up the bacon in a 10″ or so skillet. Enjoy the aroma it for me please, we are out of bacon and I don’t know when we will get up to Trader Joes again.

Now after that bacon is fried up remove it from your skillet, but save the grease you will be using that. Fry up an chopped onion in that lovely bacon grease. You can fry up 2 stalks of celery too, but your husband will probably say “These are GOOD! But there are nasty green things in it.” So, I would not advise it.

After your onion is nice and tender add in 2 T sorghum, sugar, or honey. Let 1/4 cup vinegar join the party. I just used the cheap white stuff which is not good for you… but is cheap. Flavor it a bit more with 2 t onion salt, 1 t paprika, 1/4t ground mustard, and 1/4 c molasses. We love our molasses around here! You might want to start with 2 T.

That’s it. No, I am just kidding. Add in 5 cups cooked beans. We like pinto, but I will not hold it against you if you do navy. Just no kidney beans. Yuck.

Let the whole mixture simmer for about 20 minutes. Add salt to taste, and the reserved bacon.

That’s it.

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  1. That does sound delicious–kind of a modified baked bean recipe? Thanks for sharing! My hubby likes anything with bacon :)

  2. I will be trying this! Thanks Debra :)

  3. Maybe serve it in a bread bowl?

  4. Maybe serve it in a bread bowl?