Fancy Beans

I want to share with you one of the most delicious bean recipes I’ve ever eaten. These are called “Fancy Beans” and it’s a recipe I got from a friend of my mom’s. Now don’t let the word fancy scare you away from making these. Believe me, there is nothing fancy about the preparation. If you know how to use a can opener, you can make these beans. 
Sweet and tangy, these are perfect for a potluck, bbq or cookout. And trust me, your friends will be asking you for this recipe!

Here’s what you need:

1/2 lb. bacon, cut into pieces  
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dry yellow mustard (prepared mustard works fine too)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
1 can kidney beans
1 can butterbeans
1 can green beans
1 can pork-n-beans
Here’s what you do:

Cook bacon pieces until wilted.
Add garlic and onions and saute until iridescent.

Add brown sugar, mustard and vinegar. Stir to combine.
Cook bacon-vinegar mixture over low heat for 20 minutes. The mixture will darken during cooking and eventually reach a nice caramel color. 
While your bacon, onion, vinegar mixture is cooking, grab your can opener and open the beans. Drain and rinse all beans except the pork-n-beans.
When the bacon-vinegar mixture is a deep caramel color, add all beans to the pot.
Stir well, cover and simmer over low heat for 60-70 minutes, stirring occasionally.
By now your whole house will be smelling magnificent and you will be dying to taste these beans. Trust me, the wait will be well worth it!
On this particular night I served fancy beans with with pulled pork sandwiches and potato casserole.
Hungry yet?

Fancy Beans
1/2 lb. bacon, cut into pieces
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dry yellow mustard (prepared mustard works fine too)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
1 can kidney beans
1 can butterbeans
1 can green beans
1 can pork-n-beans

Cook bacon until limp. Add onion and garlic. Cook until clear. Add mustard, vinegar and sugar. Cook 20 minutes. In the meantime, drain and rinse kidney beans, green beans, and butterbeans. Add beans to the pot, cover and simmer 60-70 minutes.

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6 thoughts on “Fancy Beans

  1. Wow! This looks amazing! I feel like I can smell it cooking, just from your description! I will definitely be trying this one out :)
    ~Amanda

  2. This looks great! Can't wait to try it out on my family :) Thanks for sharing! By the way, I gave you a blog award (in my most recent post) because I am truly loving your blog, and I wanted to share it with my readers :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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