1 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup diced onion (more or less to taste)
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
2 teaspoons salt
6 cups cooked pinto beans
Stir together all ingredients, except beans in sauce pan. Bring to boil, then simmer until onions are done, 15-20 minutes.
Stir in beans.
You can serve at this point, or pour beans into a baking dish and bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Or you can cover with foil and bake for 2-3 hours. If beans are getting too dry while cooking, you can add a little water.
You can used canned beans if you prefer those. 6 cups of beans would be about 2-3 cans of beans. If preparing dried beans, follow the package directions for soaking and cooking the beans, then proceed with the recipe.
I didn’t have any molasses, but look forward to trying this recipe with molasses. So if you don’t have real maple syrup, try molasses.
We don’t normally eat bacon, but if you do, you can add chopped bacon mixed in with the beans, or lay slices of uncooked bacon on top of the beans before baking. Just make sure to bake until the bacon is completely cooked.
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