A friend (a born-and-bred New Bernian) recently confided in my hubby that he had the best recipe for baked beans. "Just mix a pound of hamburger meat, a cup of sugar, a cup of ketchup and a can of Bush's beans." He swore it was delicious. I tried to dissuade my husband from trying this concoction, because it sounded just awful to me. Then another friend (also a born-and-bred New Bernian) dropped by and I asked him if he had heard of this recipe. Not only had he heard of it, he also swore by it. He had the recipe in his car and quickly retrieved it for me. His was slightly different: 1 lb. of ground beef, 1 onion, 1 green pepper, 1 large can of Bush's beans, 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1 cup ketchup. I still wasn't persuaded, but decided to do some research on it. After scouring the internet, I came up with more precise measurements and decided to appease my hubby with my version, which had a lot less sugar. Not only was hubby appeased, he was ecstatic to have this version of baked beans. Even I liked it, so I'm passing it on to all lovers of beans and beef.
Baked Beans with Ground Beef
Source: The Bear Cupboard
Bear Rating: 9 out of 10
1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 small green pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced1/4 lb. bacon, diced, cooked till crisp
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1-1/2 tsp. prepared yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1-1/2 tsp. cider vinegar
1 (28-oz.) can Bush's Vegetarian Baked Beans
Heat oven to 375F. In skillet, saute ground beef, green pepper, onion and garlic using medium heat. Drain fat. Combine remaining ingredients with contents of skillet in a 9x13 pan. Bake uncovered 1/2 hour, or till bubbling and heated through.