Betty's 3-Bean Hot Dish (a la Minnesota)


My dearest 80-something friend Betty gave me this sensational, hearty recipe for a 3-bean hot dish. She's Finnish, I believe this has roots to home, and it's really tasty! My hubby, who hates beans, demanded I get the recipe. We first devoured it at Betty and Jim's 60th wedding anniversary! Perfect for potlucks.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
1 pot


  • ¼ pound bacon

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pork and beans, drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can butter beans, drained

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Crumble when cooled. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel.

  2. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Add onion and cook until clear, about 5 minutes more.

  3. Combine cooked bacon, cooked beef, pork and beans, kidney beans, butter beans, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, and mustard in a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook on High until heated through, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

To make this on the stovetop, add cooked meat and all other ingredients to a large skillet and simmer until heated through, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

360 Calories
12g Fat
45g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 360
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 810mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 379mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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