Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Crock Pot Cookin' - Sweet Bean Chili

Part of my goals is to use the crock pot to its fullest extent this year. Getting to know new recipes and such. Awhile back we made this Sweet Chili and I figured it was due time I shared the recipe!
I was looking up slow cooker recipes on - where else? - allrecipes.com and hit on this highly rated goodie.

Slow Cooker Bean Casserole (aka Sweet Chili)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup molasses

1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 (16 ounce) can baked beans with pork
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 slices bacon
1 large green bell pepper, chopped (the pepper hater in me left this one out)
1 1/2 pounds ground beef

Cook bacon and diced pepper in skillet. Crumble the bacon and put both in the crockpot with first 6 ingredients. Brown the beef and stir into the crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.

What I liked about this one was that it wasn't as time intensive as other slow cooker recipes - from start to finish I could complete it when I got home from work as opposed to getting everything ready the night before or early morning.

The molasses and BBQ flavor of the dish was a nice change from the usual spiciness that you get with chili and that my weak palette can't handle.

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