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- 2 cans baked beans
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can butter beans
- 1 lb. hamburger
- ½ lb. bacon
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 1 tsp. mustard
Brown the hamburger and cook the bacon to your liking. Set them both aside. Drain all beans and pour into a crockpot. Add sugars, ketchup, and mustard. Mix in hamburger and bacon. Heat on low for 3-4 hours.
I have a confession to make. I’ve only ever done the bean portion of this recipe before someone else has taken over, so I didn’t realize how much sugar this recipe called for. I’d like to say it would taste just as good without the sugar, but I don’t know this for sure. However, I do believe it would be fine with about half the amount, and I know it’s great with the full amount.
Now, to put into perspective how good these baked beans are, I’m going to tell you a little story. While planning our dinner one afternoon, my mother mentioned that we could make Old Settler Baked Beans. Upon closer inspection of our pantry, I discovered we were lacking some of the necessary ingredients. Rather than falling back on plain, boring baked beans, I chose to drive into town to the grocery store to purchase the ingredients.
Old Settler Baked Beans are worth a trip to town. They’re hearty and flavorful. Not to mention, they’re not a whole lot of work since they’re made in a crockpot. We’ll often cook up the bacon and brown the hamburger in advance, then freeze it until we need it. This saves time and makes it even easier to throw the recipe together.
In addition to preparing the hamburger and bacon ahead of time, I would recommend rinsing the kidney and butter beans. Also, if you’re not a fan of either of those beans, it’s all right to omit them entirely. These Old Settler Baked Beans are just as good without them.