Easy and Hearty Cowboy Beans with Beef (with a Vegetarian Option)

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This is a nice, hearty meal that is easy to make and inexpensive in that it only uses 3/4 ground beef to make a big pot. You can actually decrease the amount of beef and it is still good. For a vegetarian option (even cheaper AND more healthy) simply replace the beef with a can of pinto beans and substitute a table of olive oil for the bacon.

4 slices bacon, chopped
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 15-oz cans of baked beans
1 15-oz can whole kernel corn, drained

Cook the bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove the cooked bacon and brown the ground beef in the bacon drippings. Add the onion and spices. Cook until onions are soft (appx 5 minutes). Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. (At this point you can drain the meat, but if using lean beef, you may not need to do so.) Add beans and corn to the pan and crumble in the reserved bacon. Cook on low heat 15 minutes or until heated through.

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