Friday, July 10, 2015

Picnic Beans

This dish is inspired by a neighbor of ours back in Colorado.  She called them Picnic Beans, and often served them on branding day.   They are a nice way to have baked beans with a meal, or on a picnic, without the "baking" part, which is perfect for keeping the summer kitchen cool. I have thought they could be called "Unbaked Beans", and have sometimes called them that.  They are basically baked beans with a healthier twist of fresh veggies added, no extra sugar added and served cold.  They are delicious.

Start with 2 15 oz cans of any variety of baked beans.

Pour them into a bowl.

Add 1 chopped green pepper….

…... chopped tomatoes (I used about a cup of small, colorful, heirloom tomatoes)…...

1/2 of a red onion, chopped…..

…..6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled….

…. stir well….

Pour into a serving bowl…
Sprinkle with fresh chopped herbs…..

Picnic Beans
2 15 oz cans of Pork and Beans of choice
1 green onion, chopped
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 a small red or white onion, chopped
6 slices of bacon of choice, fried and crumbled or chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped chives
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped basil


  1. Begin by cooking bacon, and chopping veggies.
  2. Pour two cans of beans into a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Add the next 4 ingredients and stir together until well combined.
  4. Pour into a serving bowl and top with fresh herbs.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

 This is delicious served with hamburgers, sandwiches, fried chicken or as a side with any meal.



  1. YES!!

    You've answered my question about what I'm taking for an upcoming Family Reunion (71 years strong).

    Thank you!! These look and sound amazing. I love anything beans! And especially ones dressed up!

  2. Mmmm....sound amazing! And, yippee for things that can be made without heating up the kitchen!! Hugs to you. Camille

  3. I am NOT a big bean fan but I will be making these for our next fellowship dinner at church. Something about the way those veggies looked made me hungry. :) Thanks for sharing!!

  4. They look and sound delicious. Enjoying catching up here~


  5. These look delicious, I am going to have to try them for sure