One Pot Dinner


When I think of potlucks, the first thing that comes to mind is comfort food that can be easily prepared in advance and that will be appetizing to a variety of palates.  One of my favorite go-to recipes utilizes my favorite cooking technique (aka the “set it and forget it” crock pot).  It also satisfies any “meat-atarian” who is looking for an easy way to combine bacon, beef and beans into one delicious dish.  Plus, the ketchup, liquid smoke and brown sugar makes a delicious BBQ flavor that can’t be beat!

One Pot Dinner

1/2 – 1 lb. ground beef
3/4 lb. bacon, cut into small pieces
1 cup chopped onion
1 medium size can of pork and beans
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can lima beans, drained
1 cup ketchup
1/4 tablespoon liquid smoke
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoon white vinegar (I use what I have)
1 teaspoon salt, dash pepper

Brown beef in skillet.
Add beef and remaining ingredients to crock pot.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

A couple SacFoodie tips:  1. Make this dish in advance and refrigerate it the night before to enhance the flavor.  2. Microwave the bacon just a little to remove some of the grease before adding it to the crock pot.

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