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Southwestern Bean Combo


Great chili doesn't have to bubble on the back burner forever; this one goes together fast with bacon, canned beans, prepared salsa, peppers, and spices.

What You Need

  • 2 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky mild salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can (16 oz) baked beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) spicy chili beans, undrained


  1. In 2-quart saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from saucepan. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in saucepan.
  2. Add bell pepper and onion to drippings in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  3. Add bacon and remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat until mixture just begins to boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer 5 to 10 minutes or until hot.
Cooking time (duration)

25 minutes Total Time 25 minutes Prep Time

Number of servings (yield)

8 servings




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Nutritional Information

Calories130(Calories from Fat15),Total Fat2g(Saturated Fat1/2g,Trans Fat0g),Cholesterol5mgSodium800mgTotal Carbohydrate22g(Dietary Fiber5g Sugars6g),Protein6g;% Daily Value*:Vitamin A4%;Vitamin C6%;Calcium6%;Iron15%; Exchanges:1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices:1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Expert Tips

This bean combo makes a great side dish to hot dogs or hamburgers. Add chips and fresh fruit for a complete meal.
Up the spice factor of this dish by using a hot salsa.

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