Gene's Bean Medley

  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings

"This bean medley is a family favorite and is nutritious and inexpensive. It's great served with cornbread."


1medium red onion, chopped
2cloves garlic, minced
2stalks celery, diced
2tablespoons bacon grease
1 (16-ounce) can pinto beans
1 (16-ounce) can kidney beans
1 (16-ounce) can garbanzo beans
1/2pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4teaspoon cumin powder
1/4teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4teaspoon thyme
2cups tomato sauce
1/2cup water


  1. In a medium-size heavy saucepan, saute onion, garlic and celery in 2 tablespoons bacon grease until tender-crisp. Rinse and drain beans. Put all ingredients together in pan. Stir occasionally over medium heat for about 1 hour.

Recipe by Gene Herzog, Green Valley, Ariz.