I always have a couple of cans of baked beans in my pantry. They're delicious as a side dish, or combined with any type of meat to produce a hearty main dish.
This extremely simple recipe cooks in your crockpot and provides an excellent and hearty meal at the end of a long day. You can make this spicy if you'd like by adding some chopped jalapenos, hot sauce, or cayenne pepper. And you can make it with chunks of uncooked chicken thighs. Cook until the chicken registers 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer. It should take 6-7 hours on low.
My mother used to make a variation of this recipe decades ago. She baked it in the oven; I've translated it to the crockpot.
If you have some hungry boys in your house, this is the casserole for you! It stretches a pound of ground beef to serve eight people. And it's luscious and fun to make.
Rich cornmeal dumplings top a veggie filled bean mixture and simmers to perfection in less than 15 minutes. You could add some cooked ground beef, meatballs, or pork sausage to this casserole if you'd like.
Chili dogs can be made with baked beans! The recipe will be milder than if you'd used chili, but you can add chili powder, cayenne pepper, or other hot ingredients to increase the heat level.
Baked beans are the perfect ingredient to add to Sloppy Joe Sandwiches. I always toast the sandwich buns when I make this recipe because the crunch is a nice contrast to the rich and creamy sandwich filling.
Any fully cooked sausage (or sausage you've cooked yourself) can be used in this excellent skillet recipe. I myself prefer Polish sausage because I love the flavor and spices.
A can of baked beans, some cheese, and corn tortillas make a fabulous quick snack that's easy enough for kids to make themselves.
And finally, this classic English recipe has been popular for years for good reason. It's delicious, inexpensive, and fast to make. If you use vegetarian beans and whole wheat toast, you've got a complete protein.