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A Cheap Eat

Hey y'all!

I've mentioned before that my family gets together every 4th Sunday of the month for family dinner. We love this time. Although time is usually not respected. Someone is always late. Always. Even though dinner is scheduled for the same time every time. Still.

This past Sunday, my older sister cooked on the grill. I was undecided about what to bring, and I was a little short on cash. In case you didn't know, my family is huge. My mom birthed 6 kids. My eldest brother is deceased. That leaves 5 children. Among those, there are marriages, relationships, kids, and kids' kids. It's. A. Lot. Of. Us.

All of us have our quirks and things we don't like to eat. It's not just the little kids. Us bigger kids are picky at times too.

Anyway, I was trying to figure out what to bring and my sister suggested baked beans. I don't know about your family, but my family puts meat in almost everything. When I told my sister I was gonna bring the beans but I wasn't putting any meat in them, she told me to pick something else! We also don't spare feelings.

So ok, I'll bring the beans WITH meat. I had a pack of ground beef in the freezer so no biggie. And I bought GV brand beans (Walmart). Judge me.

The most difficult part about this is browning the meat. It's easy.

Another thing about my family, we season food. If you show up with something improperly seasoned, you will be told about it. Or no one will eat it -  and that hurts worse. But, if it's not seasoned, you will be advised on how to season your food. Never to hurt, only to help.
 I still get these lessons and I feel like I'm a decent enough cook.

Meaty Baked Beans
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper (here I used red and green)
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 pound ground beef (or any ground meat, really)
3 cans of baked beans
Seasonings - to your liking - seasoned salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder

Line your crock pot with a crock pot liner and turn it on to low.
Add the meat, onions, bell peppers, and garlic to a pan and cook until meat is no longer pink and veggies are tender. (If you use a lower fat meat, use a little olive oil so it doesn't stick to the pan)
Drain most of the fat.
Add meat mixture, beans, and seasonings to the crock pot and stir well.
Cook on low until everything is heated through. I let mine cook on low for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally. You can also cook them on high for about 2 hours. I prefer the low and slow method.

I neglected to take a picture of the beans once they were done. The beans should be soft, but not mushy. The kids love the beans and don't complain about onions and peppers when they are cooked this way. #babymagic prefers to eat hers over white rice. You can add whatever seasonings you like to make it your own.

This is a cheap and easy way to feed a crowd. With the weather being a little cooler, it's a great comfort food. If you use ground turkey, I would suggest seasoning the meat while you are browning it. Sometimes turkey is resistant to seasonings after it's cooked.

Just my opinion, crock pot liners are one of THE best inventions EVER!

What are some of the foods your family enjoys?



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