Baked Beans With Ground Beef and Sausage

Party Beans
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    4 hrs 20 mins

Use jalapeno peppers in these hearty beans if you like them hot and spicy. These are great for a party or gathering, served hot from the slow cooker. Take them along to a tailgating party or potluck.

The ingredients are easily varied. Use chickpeas, lima beans, or black beans in the dish.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 2 cans pinto beans or red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pound lean ground beef, sirloin or round
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage or diced smoked sausage
  • olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped mild green chile
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons drained jalapeno rings, chopped, or to taste, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon spicy seasoning, such as Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce, your favorite

How to Make It

  1. Pour beans into a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the beef and pork sausage, breaking up with a spatula, until no longer pink. Drain well and stir into beans.
  3. In the same skillet in a small amount of olive oil as needed, sauté the onion over medium heat until lightly browned. Add red bell pepper and garlic; saute, stirring, for 1 minute longer.
  4. Stir the vegetables into the beans. Add chile pepper, jalapenos, salt, seasoning, and barbecue sauce. Stir to blend.
  1. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours, or LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

Serves 6 to 8.

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