Dr Pepper Baked Beans Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce)can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies (Rotel style), undrained
  • 1 (12-ounce) can Dr Pepper
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

Prep and Sauté:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the diced onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Add the bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes more.

Combine the Ingredients:

  • Add all three types of drained and rinsed beans to the pot.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes and green chilies, Dr Pepper, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, chili powder, and black pepper.

Simmer and Thicken

  • Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed (you might want more salt or pepper depending on your preference).
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

Optional Additions and Tips:

  • Spicy Kick: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a diced jalapeño for extra heat.
  • Meat Lovers: Crumble in cooked ground beef, sausage, or leftover pulled pork for added protein.
  • Vegetarian: Omit the bacon and use a vegetarian alternative or simply add more veggies like bell peppers.
  • Make Ahead: This recipe is great for meal prepping. It tastes even better the next day.
  • Slow Cooker: Adapt to a slow cooker by cooking on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

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