Hello everyone and Happy New Year!! The other day I was thinking about what could I make that is simple, hearty, and warms the soul during the present Midwest Winter Wonderland and cold. There is a perception not much can be done with pork and beans because they are basically already prepared, you just open the can and heat. Maybe add cut up hot dogs to them on occasion. Well I had several cans around along with some pork I was trying to figure out what to do with and I came up with this really cool and simple recipe.
Hearty Style Pork and Beans with a Kick
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb cooked pork, diced (from pork chops or a cooked pork loin)
2 16oz can pork and beans (Busch beans are the best)
1 large sweet white onion diced
3 stalks fresh celery diced
2 tbsp garlic powder
4 to 6 oz fresh cooked bacon bits diced
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes with chiles
For the pork, grilled pork chops can be used or even a small baked pork loin. After cooking the pork, dice into small cubes. Cook the bacon in small pan until brown and then place on paper towel over a plate, this will help to absorb the grease. Pour the oil in a large sautee pan or skillet, place on medium heat over the stove, and add the dice onions and celery, stirring occasionally. After about 10 minutes, add the diced pork and continue sauteeing for another ten, sprinking in the garlic powder. Then add the Rotel diced tomatoes and pork and beans. Stir over medium heat. Crumble the bacon into small pieces or bits and add to pan. Simmer over medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. This is a great simple meal for the cold weather, it is warm and fulfilling.
This would work great for all of those out there in campers and RVs that are braving the winter weather in pursuit of traveling the American Roads. A warm simple hearty meal, good with hot coffee, cocoa, a glass of red wine or even a beer. I can envision this on a cool Spring evening as well, with a campfire enjoying an evening under the stars. Keep the roads traveled and stay safe out there
The Road Recipe Warrior