Sunday, June 13, 2010

Baked Beans for a Crowd

I took inspiration from one of Paula Deen's recipes for these baked beans but simplified it.  We had them as one of the side dishes at our friends Alice and Andrew's engagement party this weekend.  It served over 25 people easily with some to spare and they were delish!  Clean up is fairly simple as well since most of it is done in the crock pot.  Let 'em simmer for a while so they get good and tasty!

What you'll need:
6 strips bacon, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
cooking spray
1 can Rotel (tomatoes with green chiles)
3 cans baked beans (I like the maple sugar ones)
1 can pork and beans
3 Tbsp brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

What you do:
Spray cooking spray in the bottom of a skillet.  Add diced bacon and brown.  Remove the bacon and let crisp (and degrease) on some paper towels.

Add onion to the same skillet where the bacon was cooking and brown up in all of the bacon goodness.

Add the onion and the bacon to the crock pot and add the rest of the ingredients. 

Let simmer for at least 4-6 hours.  The green chiles offer a hint of spiciness to offset the sweetness of the brown sugar.

I forgot to take a picture of the final product but you've probably seen baked beans before...

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