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I want your greatest bean recipes for some great Marines!

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My son is in the Marines, and weekend leave for him and his Marine buddies often means a barbecue at my house. I have fixed Cuban beans and a sweet bean recipe with bacon, tomato, onions and brown sugar, but would like to try something new. Beans are popular, can be made in advance, and I can make lots to feed these guys without breaking the bank! Any super recipes will be appreciated! Thanks!!!!

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  1. Oohh-Rah.

    I'm not the BEST cook for Marines, since my Marine SO is a - gasp - vegetarian!

    However, since you already have some beans...what else are you serving?
    Have you already made the other two recipes?

    I have lots of cheap things in my arsenal. For my gatherings, I often make a black bean, corn, and mango salad that is great. Also, I've made a watermelon, kalamata and feta salad that is popular.

    When I cook for Marines, I always try to incorporate as much protein as I can, since they tend to need it.

    1. I've been making homemade refried beans lately....they are soooooo much better than canned! I've been using the recipe in "Authentic Mexican" by Rick Bayless. We've eaten them by the bucketful lately. I would make a huge batch of the Pollo Loco chicken using just leg quarters (the recipe is on this board), beans and rice, and your best salsa (try the ersatz roasted tomato salsa recipe also on chowhound - it's supurb).
      Semper Fi and tell your son and his buddies thanks for their service!

      1. I took me two years to convince a friend to 'fess up this recipe. It isn't traditional (no soaking dried beans) but it is amazing!

        5 cans (14 oz) Libby's baked beans in tom. sauce
        1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes
        1 onion, chopped
        2/3 cup bbq sauce (any kind you like)
        1/4 cup or more of Frank's Red Hot Sauce
        1/2 lb bacon, diced and cooked until crispy

        Combine all items in oven-proof dish (you need a lid) or in a crockpot. Stir and bake at 350 for aprox 1 hour or until hot, bubbly and slightly thickened. They will thicken more as they sit. I promise they will be a hit. You could probably skip the bacon to save money or just reduce the amount.