Settlers Beans, a set on Flickr.
I love to use this recipe for a summertime potluck, but its a good crowd pleaser anytime! A friend gave me a Settlers Bean recipe years ago, but I’ve changed it to suit my needs, you should too! Remember a recipe is only a guide. Add flavors that compliment you and your family’s tastes.
This recipe will fill a 6 quart crock pot, perfect for a pot luck.
Settlers Beans for a Crowd
I use my dutch oven pot to prepare in, then transfer to the crockpot. To make life easier, you can even do your bacon and ground meat the day before.
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
drain the bacon grease out of the pan leaving a little behind to brown the ground meat in. Want to use that bacon flavor.
1 1/2 pounds ground meat (I use 80/20 but you use what you like, even ground chicken, whatever)
1 med chopped onion (I didn’t have any this time so just used about 2/3 TBS of onion powder)
If using chopped onion, sauté the onion in the reserved bacon grease, then add in the ground meat until cooked, stirring to keep the meat broken up.
*At this point you can store your meats in the fridge over night or continue on. If your storing the meat overnight, start out with the ground meat in the pot, heating it through.
Next, start adding the beans. In this recipe I used 4 16 ounce cans of Goya Baked Beans, thats what I had on hand this time, use what your family likes. I also used 2 15 oz cans dark kidney beans, 2 15 ounce cans red kidney beans, 1 15 ounce can black beans (I would have used 2 but I only had 1 in the house, you make due with what you have on hand, one of the reasons their called Settlers Beans) 2 15 ounce cans Pink Beans.
*Make sure you drain & rinse all your canned beans first except for your baked beans. If your baked beans are the kind that have allot of juice on the top, I’d drain some of that off as well.
Mix together with meat over medium heat. Once you have the beans mixed, start adding the flavors:
1/3 – 2/3 cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 BBQ sauce (I like to use a hickory/brown sugar flavor, but use what your family likes)
2/3 TBS yellow mustard
2/3 TBS chili powder
2/3 TBS molasses
TASTE! This is important, take a taste and see what you might want to add more of, or if its good to go. Once you have the flavor your looking for, heat through, then transfer to your crockpot. I like to bring it to high heat then move it to low or warm. Everything is already cooked, so no need to worry there.