Florene was a dear friend of mine. She was the neighborhood grandma. I loved her so much. She taught me to quilt, sew, and cook. She was always going about delivering food and visiting with the other ladies in the area. She left a huge hole in my heart when she passed away.
These beans were her very favorite meal. She constantly talked about them and shared them with family and friends. I was one of the lucky few that she actually shared the recipe with. It is a golden memory for me every time I make them.
I mean, really… you just can’t stop with one bowl of these slightly SWEET, beans. They are so delicious!! Top them with a sprinkle of cheese, and spoonful of salsa and you will be taken back to yester years.
Here is the recipe:
Old Settler Beans
- 1lb ground beef
- 1lb bacon
- 1large onion, chopped
- 1 28oz can baked beans, undrained
- 1 15oz can pinto beans, undrained
- 1/4c ketchup
- 1/3c sugar
- 1/3c brown sugar
- 1tbs molasses
- 1tbs vinegar
- 1tsp garlic salt
- Shredded cheese and salsa for garnish
In a large skillet, cook bacon. Remove and add hamburger and chopped onion to brown. Chop bacon in small pieces while meat is cooking. Mix all of the remaining ingredients in a crockpot. Add the bacon and browned hamburger and onions. Stir to combine. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Serve topped with a slight sprinkle of brown sugar, cheese, and a spoonful of salsa.