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Smoky Three-Bean Bake

Photo: Quentin Bacon; Styling: Anghard Bailey
Hands-on time 29 mins
Total time 1 hr, 29 mins
Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
Three kinds of beans take the classic dish from ho-hum to fun, with different shapes and pleasing textures--from the al dente bite of chickpeas to the creaminess of Great Northern beans. If you happen to use hot smoked paprika, you can omit the ground red pepper.

Ingredients

  • 4 applewood-smoked bacon slices, chopped
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can organic Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 204
  • fat 4.7 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • monofat 1.8 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 7.3 g
  • carbohydrate 33.2 g
  • fiber 6 g
  • cholesterol 6.8 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 382 mg
  • calcium 71 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon to pan, and sauté for 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving 1 1/2 tablespoons drippings in pan. Set bacon aside. Add 2 cups onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic to drippings in pan, and sauté for 6 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and cool slightly.

  3. Combine tomato sauce and the next 8 ingredients (through red pepper) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in onion mixture and beans. Spoon bean mixture into an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle with reserved bacon. Cover and bake at 325° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes

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