Southwestern Bean Combo

Great-tasting beans don't have to bubble on the back burner forever; this one goes together fast with bacon, canned beans, prepared salsa, peppers and spices.
Prep 25 Minutes
Total Time 25 Minutes
Servings 8

Ingredient List

  • 2 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup thick & chunky mild salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can (16 oz) baked beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) spicy chili beans, undrained
Recipe Continues Below


  1. In 2-quart saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from saucepan. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in saucepan.
  2. Add bell pepper and onion to drippings in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  3. Add bacon and remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat until mixture just begins to boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer 5 to 10 minutes or until hot.

Expert Tips

  • This bean combo makes a great side dish to hot dogs or hamburgers. Add chips and fresh fruit for a complete meal.
  • Up the spice factor of this dish by using a hot salsa.


  • 1 Serving (1/2 Cup) Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 15);  Total Fat 2g (Saturated Fat 1/2g ,Trans Fat 0g);  Cholesterol 5mg;  Sodium 800mg;  Potassium 450mg;  Total Carbohydrate 22g (Dietary Fiber 5g ,Sugars 6g);  Protein 6g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 4%;  Vitamin C 6%;  Calcium 6%;  Iron 15%
  • Exchanges: 1 Starch;  1 Vegetable;  1/2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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