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A secret ingredient features in this homemade cracked pepper baked beans recipe, perfect as a side while grilling out, or as a main dish with some cornbread.
These beans are a little different because I used peppered steak jerky in mine. Much like a jerky, although not a jerky, these steak snacks are chewy and flavorful.
I like the idea of making beans from scratch (okay, I didn’t use dried beans and cook my own, but I also didn’t open a can of baked beans, either!). The smell of these babies cooking on the stove was phenomenal.
I think they’d be a great addition to our meals while camping in the woods too! No need for anything other than some skillet cornbread, and we’d have a hearty meal, easily! Seriously, these things take only around an hour to make, and most of that time is hands off. My favorite!
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Cracked Pepper Steak Baked Beans
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 large onion diced finely
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- ½ large red pepper diced finely
- 1 jalapeno pepper diced finely (optional, omit if you don’t like heat)
- 1.5 cups chicken stock
- 1 package Colman Steak Snacks Cracked Pepper flavor, sliced into ribbons
- 4 Tbs molasses
- 1 Tbs ground cumin
- 3 15 oz cans pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 Tbs cornstarch
- Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat.
- Cook onion, garlic, red pepper and jalapeno until softened.
- Add stock, Colman Steak Snacks, molasses, cumin and beans.
- Cover and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for an hour, stirring often.
- Uncover and continue to cook until the liquid is reduced (15-20 minutes).
- Taste for seasoning and adjust using salt/pepper or extra molasses and cumin if you prefer.
- If your “gravy” isn’t thick enough, remove a small amount of the liquid, and blend it with cornstarch. Mix the cornstarch mixture back into the beans and cook until thickened.