Block Party Beans! Perfect For Memorial Day BBQs And Picnics!

You will love this unique crowd pleaser that tastes like a combo of old-fashioned baked beans and chili. And, here's a link to a video with some great tips on how to save time when setting up a party or barbeque.


Someone in my family found this recipe for Block Party Beans years ago and it's been a winner ever since. My Aunt Colleen always makes this for the big family reunion around the Fourth of July.

This makes a big, big dish of beans!  It's definitely enough for a yard full of hungry guests at any summer picnic and BBQ.

The flavor is a unique combination of something between old fashioned, slow-cooked baked beans and chili. Don't be put off by all the canned goods - it works!

Like chili, you can make it a day or two ahead of time.  The only problem I've every experienced is finding a really big spot in the refrigerator for it!

And, if you're hosting a party this weekend, you won't want to miss this video from iVillage on time saving tips for setting up an outdoor party or barbeque. It was sent to us from Lisa Nee in Madison, who helped produce it. If you have a great idea, be sure to let her know in the comments below this story!

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

Block Party Beans  - for a crowd

1 lb. ground turkey

1 lb. ground beef

2 cups onions, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 can (10 ¾ oz) condensed tomato soup, undiluted

1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste

½ cup ketchup

1 can (16 oz) green beans, (not french-style), drained

1 can (17 oz.) lima beans, drained

1 can (15 ½ oz) yellow wax beans, drained

1 can (15 oz) chili beans (pinto beans w/chilies - Mexican section), undrained

1 can (16 oz) pork & beans, undrained

½ cup brown sugar, packed

3 T Dijon mustard

In a very large pot, brown turkey and beef, drain off fat.  Add onions and celery, and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes.  Stir in tomato soup, tomato paste and ketchup.  Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add all remaining ingredients, stir well.  Cover and simmer on very low heat for an hour, stirring occasionally. Don't let it burn.

This serves about 15-20 people as a side dish.  If you need more, you can always add a can or two extra of the veggies or beans.

Dennis Crowe May 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Ooops - I missed something... Is this Block Party Day? It's interesting that the front page of the Madison Patch front page ran a series of lead-ins to articles. One said, "Memorial Day - too much party and not enough remembering", and the next said "Block Party Beans! Perfect For Memorial Day BBQs And Picnics!", and the article posts not one word about any memorial. It's sad how much we take the ability to have a Block Party for granted.


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