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, these beans are 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! Perhaps I shouldn’t be sharing that, but they’re that good!
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.
I also really love that the list of ingredients are pretty regular ingredients that are easy to keep on hand. Which is so great if you get invited to a last minute potluck.
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. It will be the dish that disappears quickly.
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
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp agave or honey
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 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.
*Adapted from Cooking Light*
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 1193mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 10gSugar: 15gProtein: 13g
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