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skillet baked beans with bacon

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Carolyn Haas
Whitewater, WI

I recently discovered sugar-free barbecue sauce and that means the only thing in this recipe non-WW friendly is the bacon. And you can use 4 strips instead of five to cut even more fat! Make ahead of time and serve at room temperature or warmed up.

★★★★★ 2
serves 8
prep time 10 Min
cook time 50 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For skillet baked beans with bacon

  • 5 slice
    hickory smoked bacon
  • 2/3 c
    onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    green pepper, chopped
  • 15 oz
    kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz
    pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz
    navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 c
    favorite barbecue sauce (sugar-free is ok)

How To Make skillet baked beans with bacon

  • 1
    In a 12 inch cast iron skillet with a lid or dutch oven, cook bacon til crisp. Remove bacon, keeping drippings in skillet. Add onion and pepper to skillet and cook until slightly browned.
  • 2
    Add beans and barbecue sauce to skillet and stir to combine.
  • 3
    Bring beans to a low boil, then cover with lid and move to lower heat area of the campfire. Simmer about 20-25 minutes, checking beans occasionally. If they seem too dry, add a bit of water.
  • 4
    Crumble bacon and stir most of it into beans, cook a few more minutes. Sprinkle reserved bacon crumbles on top of beans to serve.
  • 5
    NOTE: if not cooking over a campfire, beans can be baked in an oven instead. Or use the campfire method on a stovetop!