The maple syrup and sugar added a friendly sweetness and the barbecue seasoning a familiar tang, but kids still tend to joke about beans as much as eat them.
1 tablespoon stick margarine or butter
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup reduced-calorie ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons barbecue smoked seasoning (such as Hickory Liquid Smoke)
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 (16-ounce) can red beans, drained
1 (15.8-ounce) can Great Northern beans, drained
How to Make It
Melt margarine in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Stir in ketchup and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.