Hickel's Hash

Hickel's Hash Recipe

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James Cortell


Alaska Governor Wally Hickel's wife submitted this recipe for a Governor's First Ladies cookbook Printed in the late 60's. This is my version, as close to the original, as I can remember it. The hot sauce was my own addition. I now own several First Lady Cookbook's, but, not the right one with the original recipe. This was a family favorite, until I retired from the Navy, the original was lost in the move back home. My son swears it tasted like the original. You be the Judge.


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4 to 6
20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1 large
    onion (diced about 1/2 inch)
  • 1 oz
    butter, unsalted
  • 3 clove
    garlic crushed
  • 1 can(s)
    28 oz pork and beans
  • 1 can(s)
    tomatoes crushed 15 oz
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    yellow mustard
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • half tsp
    optional hot sauce (texas pete)

How to Make Hickel's Hash


  1. 1. In a large deep skillet, start sauteing the diced onions in butter, sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon salt, when onions turn translucent, add the ground beef. Break it into crumbles as it browns, add the garlic while still pink sprinkle on 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  2. 2. When browned add in the tomatoes, ketchup, yellow mustard, bring to a boil, add the pork and beans, when it comes back to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, cook until 1/2 the liquid is gone, about 35 min, stir every 1 or 2 min to prevent burning on the bottom. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Optional: add hot sauce when you add the tomatoes.

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About Hickel's Hash

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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