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Mixed Bean Bake

This is a great dish to serve on a cool autumn evening around a bon fire. Add a wiener roast and smores and you have a wonderful October 31st meal.

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 8 strips precooked bacon, diced ( you can prefry the bacon and dice it)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 bell peppers chopped (colors of your choice)
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 680 ml or 23 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 - 14 oz / 598 ml cans baked beans
  • 1 - 14 oz / 598 ml can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 19 oz / 540 ml can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 19 oz / 540 ml can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon country Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  1. In a large heavy dutch oven, brown the ground beef, bacon, onion until it is starting to actually "brown" on the bottom of the pan. You want it to begin caramelizing as this gives flavour.
  2. Add the vegetables and continue to simmer until they are wilted.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and the seasonings.
  4. Add the beans and bring to a simmer.
  5. Put on the lid and put it in a 350ยบ oven for an hour.


  1. This recipe sounds great! I think I will make me a pot of them...along with those butterhorn rolls you posted the other day....they have been on my to-do list also!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. This sure sounds yummy. I will have to try it. Thanks

  3. So glad I found this blog! What great recipes!! Can't wait to try some. Thanks for sharing your love of cooking. Bless you!

  4. this sounds delicious.... definitely good to make this time of year!

  5. When you say "2 - 14 oz or 2 - 598 ml cans baked beans", is there any kind in particular we should use? Maple, pork, etc.

    Thanks. Love your blog.


  6. Thanks cwj . . I used Heniz deep browned in tomato sauce. I think any kind of canned baked beans.

  7. I am ready for that wiener roast right now,sounds like fun.The beans will make a perfect addition.

  8. My mother made these beans all the time and called them Texas Chili. We all love them! Warm hugs, Esther

  9. This is something I'm going to make and have with cornbread! I bet my friends at work will love it.

  10. What a GREAT recipe. I love the fact that you just up the ingredients for a big crowd!! This is definitely going into my potluck goodies file.

  11. Oh Lovella...will you have a wiener roast with smores tonight? Oh how wonderful that would be! I think you could pair this bean bake with yesterday's post to make a wonderful meal! Yummers!

  12. I can taste these just by looking at the picture. A great fall meal. Kathy

  13. Oh I am looking forward to eating a good bowl of this in front of a fire :0)

  14. All the recipes look so delicious and I want to try Charlotte Rose's Maple Twists. Also some of the sides are great ~ especially the Spinach and Blackeyed Peas! YUM!
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. I made the beans and cornbread for our dinner last night, the 31st! It was a hit! I also made cornbread and served it up with butter and honey with a side of coleslaw. It was the perfect warm up meal after a night of trick or treating! And, it was ever so easy to make. I added extra bacon because my hubby loves the extra bacon-y flavor to any dish!
    Thanks for a great recipe!

  16. Hi, I love your blog,I made the beans last night and they were fantastic. There is so much left over my daughter and family are coming over. Thank you for all the great recipes. The jello one yummy.

  17. Every time I scroll and see these beans, I tell myself I want to make them. .. I know they will be as good as they look.

  18. Oh mY Gosh you have totally missed the secret ingredient. 1/3 Cup of brown sugar! Or did I miss that? This is a fabulous recipe and a hit at every potluck I have ever taken it too. The crock pot is almost licked clean! Thanks for sharing!


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