Root Beer Baked Beans
Main Course, Side Dish
poblano or green bell pepper
seeded and diced
seasoned salt and black pepper
extra lean ground beef
cans baked beans
can pinto beans
honey barbecue sauce
Dijon or brown mustard
dark chili powder
dash ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly oil a 12-inch cast iron skillet or spritz a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 3 Tbsp drippings from the pan.
Add the diced onion and pepper to the pan. Season with seasoned salt and black pepper to your taste.
Cook for 2-3 minutes until beginning to brown then add the minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
Add the ground beef, and continue to cook until no pink remains. Drain any excess fat from the pan.
Mix the cooked beef with the remaining ingredients. Add half of the crumbled bacon reserving ½ for garnishing. Stir well.
Pour into the skillet and bake for 1 hour. After baking, stir well and rest for 10 minutes on the counter before serving to allow the sauce to thicken.
Garnish with chopped green onion and remaining bacon.
Want to add more heat? Use a jalapeno in place of the poblano pepper or add hot sauce in desired amounts to the sauce.