Wednesday, July 04, 2012

What's for Dinner?

Happy 4th of July!  Our family is going to take some time today and read the Declaration of Independence.  We will talk about the birth of our nation and remember those who fought for freedom.  How do you celebrate?  Are you going to a picnic or having an evening at home?  

These spicy beans are so delicious.  If your spices aren't new, consider buying some new ones as they lose their spice after awhile. I don't prefer kidney beans so I substitute with black beans or pinto.  This dish is super spicy so watch out! If you don't like spice, omit some of the spices and enjoy the other flavors.

Enjoy your day as we celebrate our nation's birth.

Fiery Chipotle Baked Beans
Cooking Light, serves 10

4 oz. chorizo, thinly sliced (substitute any sausage you like)
2 1/2 c chopped onion
1 c chicken broth
1/3 c packed brown sugar
1/3 c cider vinegar
1/3 c bottled chili sauce
1/3 c dark molasses
2 t dry mustard
2 t chipotle chile powder
1/4 t salt
1/4 t ground cloves
1/4 t ground allspice
1-15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1-15 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1-15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Heat a Dutch oven or large pot over medium high heat.  Add chorizo and sauté for 2 minutes.  Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in broth and remaining ingredients.  Bake uncovered for 1 hour. If you don't have a Dutch oven or oven-proof pot, place beans in a baking dish. 

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