A while back I made a dish called Bowers Stew. It was a recipe I clipped from our local Price Chopper grocery ad several months ago. I'd like to give more information about and credit to the person who submitted it, but that's really all I know about it. Other than it tastes great and is something of a cross between chili and baked beans.
I promised Kim at Kim and Mikey Got Married that I'd post the recipe, so here it is! BTW, I made a half-batch for our family of three (who eat like at least four) and it was plenty.
2-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 pound bacon
1 onion, chopped
1 can pork and beans
1 can red beans*
1 can great northern beans*
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
3 tablespoon liquid hickory smoke flavoring (yes, 3 full tablespoons)
Tabasco sauce (optional)
Cook ground beef and bacon separately. Drain grease. Combine beef and bacon with remaining ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Add Tabasco sauce as desired for a spicier flavor.
* I used black beans and great northern white beans that I had cooked from the dry form. For each can of beans in the recipe I used about 1-1/2 cups of home cooked beans.