I found this on Pinterest I believe when I was looking to make some baked beans, and thought that my family would really like this. They did and my family renamed this dish to Cowboy Chili. My daughter put crackers in her beans and it is not bad. I thought she was crazy at first but I tried it and like it. Please try this and let me know what you think. The original recipe can be found under my Pinterest dinner board.
1 lb of ground beef
1 lb bacon diced
1 medium onion diced
1 tbsp garlic minced
2 28oz can Van De Kamps Pork and Beans
1 tbsp liquid smoke
1 tbsp Worcestershire
1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce (I use Baby Rays)
1 tsp onion powder
Preheat over 350
In a Dutch oven pot cook the bacon on medium high heat until crisp and then remove with a slotted spoon and put on a plate with paper towels to drain any access oil off.
Using the same pot remove most of the bacon grease but leaving about a table-spoon and add in the ground beef. Cook this on medium high heat as well. Using the bacon grease will give the beef more flavor. At this point season the ground beef with the minced garlic and onion powder. Cook the beef until no longer pink. Drain the beef from its fats and put back into the same pot.
Now add in the bacon Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, liquid smoke, and the beans. Note: I used the liquid from the bean as well, but you can omit that. Stir to combine all ingredients well. Then put this in the oven with the lid on for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Remove from oven and serve when ready.
Note: the original recipe puts in brown sugar but I have omitted that here. I think the beans are sweet enough, and my family prefers without the sugar.
Serve with corn bread on side or some crackers
You can freeze leftovers as well. This is a great hardy easy dish to make