Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cowboy Beans and Spicy Hushpuppies

Tonight we had one of our old stand by meals. We first had this recipe when a member of our Multiples group brought it to us after Alex and Luke were born and we were relying on the kindness of others just to eat at times. This afternoon we had an activity that would keep us away from the house until close to dinner time so we prepped everything and then put it in the crock pot and it was ready for us when we got home.

Cowboy Beans
1 lb of ground turkey, pre-cooked and drained
1 large can Bush's Baked Beans (any flavor except bold and spicy)
1 can of chili beans (drained)
1can of black beans (drained)
1/3 cup of Brown sugar
1/4 cup of Barbecue sauce (we like Sweet Baby Rays)
Cinnamon to taste

Add all ingredients to crock pot and cook at least 3-4 hours.
**Variations: 2 of any type of beans can be used; navy beans, pinto beans, butter beans etc. You could also use different types of meats like turkey italian sausage or Lil Smokies sausage for a little kick. It is a very flexible recipe.
This was created by a friend of a friend, she had 3 hungry kids to feed and sometimes would just dump stuff together and call it "Cowboy beans" and the kids loved it.

One thing, my husband has added to this meal that we all love is he makes very flavorful hush puppies to dip into the Cowboy Beans. He adds all kinds of spices to an ordinary Hush puppy packet (red curry paste, garam masala, scallions, cilantro and more).

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