Chuck Wagon Beans Recipe

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Connie Staal doesn't have to ring the dinner bell twice when these Western-style beans are on the menu. Using lean ground beef makes the entree lighter on calories, but not on taste. "Since I began fixing lighter meals for my husband, I've learned lots of tricks to lower the fat in foods," she writes from Greenbrier, Arkansas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-sodium condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 303 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 566mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 6g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.


  1. In a nonstick skillet, cook the beef, celery, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. In a large bowl, combine the pork and beans, tomato soup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard and beef mixture.
  2. Transfer to a shallow 2-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 40-50 minutes or until heated through and mixture reaches desired thickness. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Chuck Wagon Beans in Light & Tasty June/July 2004, p19

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