Smoky three bean bake is sure to be a hit at any summer barbecue or potluck. It’s easy to prepare ahead of time and the sweet and smoky flavors are sure to be a crowd pleaser.
I have to tell you, this smoky three bean bake is good and it’s one of those dishes that gets better the next day. I actually ate this for lunch for three days straight and enjoyed every single bite! It’s smoky from the smoked paprika, a little sweet from the brown sugar and the perfect amount of salty from the bacon. Just yum…..seriously.
These smoky beans are also easy to make. Cook some bacon, saute some veggies, whisk together a quick sauce and mix it all up with a trio of beans. At this point, it’s ready to bake OR you can refrigerate it if you want to bake it off later. And as I already mentioned, the leftovers taste even better the next day.
This is the perfect kind of dish to bring to a potluck and would also be great at a summer barbecue. Give this smoky three bean bake a try and see if you like them as much as my family and me.
- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 1 green pepper, finely chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1(8oz) can tomato sauce
- ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp agave or honey
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ¾ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1(15oz) can black beans
- 1(15oz) can cannellini beans
- 1(15oz) can pinto beans
- cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add bacon to pan, and saute for 5 minutes or until crisp.
- Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels.
- Add onions, green pepper and garlic to drippings in pan, saute for 6 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Combine tomato sauce, and the next 8 ingredients (through cayenne pepper) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
- Add beans to onion mixture and pour sauce over the top.
- Mix well to combine.
- Place mixture in a 3 quart baking dish coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle withe reserved bacon.
- Cover with foil and bake at 325 for 30 minutes.
- Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes.
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