1 lb. ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 large can baked beans or two smaller cans pork & beans
2 teaspoons worchestershire sauce (more or less to taste)
2 teaspoons onion powder (more or less to taste)
1 teaspoon garlic powder (ditto)
salt and pepper (to taste)
3 or 4 tablespoons ketchup (to taste if necessary, mainly if you use pork & beans)
Brown the ground beef, drain grease if necessary (mainly when using cheap ground beef), add onions and continue sauteing until onion is softened. Add baked beans or pork & beans, worcestershire sauce, and seasonings. Saute another few minutes and add ketchup if you need it. This is primarily to sweeten it if you haven't used a can of baked beans (which are already seasoned)
Then take a potato masher and mash the mixture a bit, which is only necessary if you have a son who hates beans like I do. He likes mashed beans... go figure.
Sometimes I pop the skillet in the oven for about 15 min. at 350. Sometimes I pour the mixture into a casserole dish and bake about 15 min. at 350. Depends on if I want to dish it up from a casserole dish at the table or not. You can even eat it as is without baking if you so desire.
Variations over the years:
- ground turkey instead of ground beef
- chopped green peppers added at the same time as the onions
- one can of pork & beans and one can of tomato bisque soup... when that was what the pantry offered
- one can of pork & beans and one can of cream of tomato soup... (ditto)
- one can of chilis added when I felt wild and crazy
- a sprinkling of Tony Chachere's creole seasoning (ditto)
- a couple handfuls of cheddar or co-jack cheese sprinkled on top of mixture
- I'm sure there were others I have forgotten along the way
We like it made with a large can of baked beans the very best.
This can easily be doubled and tripled... the amounts mention serves 3-4 with no leftovers whatsoever.
Picture added the next time I think of it... ;)