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Three Bean Casserole

My husband and I are retired farmers. Our main crop was wheat, and we began growing beans when our son joined the operation. When our church cookbook was revised a couple years ago, this recipe was included among the favorites. —Georgia Hennings, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  • In a 2-1/2-qt. baking dish, combine beans; set aside. In a skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink. Remove from the heat; drain. Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet; mix well. Stir beef mixture into beans.
  • Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 267 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 729mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 7g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Lynda Lee
    Oct 18, 2017

    I think I first pulled this recipe from a magazine and then lost it, so I googled the ingredients and found the exact recipe. I made this for dinner tonight for my mom and myself. We both liked it. I usually end up changing something about a recipe, but I made this exactly as the recipe said to. We ate the beans on top of buttered rice. Yum yum!

  • Joscy
    Jan 6, 2014

    Have not yet had chance to make. Sounds terrific for winter time.

  • quiltercook
    Mar 22, 2009

    I make almost the same recipe, only with butter beans and undrained pork and beans instead of the lima and garbanzo beans. We also use 3/4 cup sugar...and my results are always on the sweet side. I am glad to see that one of my favorite recipes is actually pretty healthy!

  • MaryBaierl
    Feb 15, 2008

    This dish has a lot of tang and zip. A little bit too much for our liking. More on the sour side of sweet and sour.