Spicy Western Beans

Spicy Western Beans | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Beans are not a favorite in my family, especially lentils.  However, this is a recipe we all like.  Perhaps it’s the bacon, and that we usually add shredded cheese on top. This bean soup makes a tasty inexpensive meal. My instructions are for cooking it in a crock pot, but it could be cooked on the stove.  More more crock pot recipes check out What’s in Your Crock Pot at Smockity Frocks.  For other delicious recipes visit Tasty Tuesday and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

Spicy Western Beans
Recipe type: Soup
  • ⅓ cup lentils
  • 4 strips bacon, fried and diced
  • 1 onion, chopped and cooked
  • 1 clove garlic, briefly cooked with the onion
  • 1 can kidney beans with liquid
  • 1 can pinto beans with liquid
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. Boil the lentils in 1⅓ cups water for 20-30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours. Remove the bay leaf and serve.

My kids usually don’t like lentils, but I put them in anyway. However, I could only find red lentils at the store. I had never used that variety, so I boiled them as usual. I was left with nothing but mush. I strained it and stirred it into the soup, and the kids never knew they were there!

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. glutenfree4goofs says:

    I think I might try Spicy Western Beans tomorrow! I can hear the kids already, “It’s too spicy”! The hubby and I like spicy (food that is) Tee hee! :)

  2. Babyfro says:

    Very nice. I’m always looking for a new use for lentils and beans. I’ll have to put this on my soon to try list.

  3. That soup looks great! I’m a big bean fan, so I’m sure I’ll love it.

    Thanks for organizing this!

  4. Melanie (Allergy Family) says:

    That sounds good

  5. I suspect that it’s the bacon that makes this recipe so popular at your house. Thanks for the idea!

  6. Smockity Frocks says:

    We eat a lot of beans (cheap and nutritious!), so I'll definitely be giving this a try!

  7. April@The 21st Century Housewife says:

    It's lovely when something good for you sounds that tasty! Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Sherry says:

    Oh, yum! This sounds delish!

  9. Brenda says:

    Looks great. I love beans.

  10. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    Thanks, Linda. We love soups with beans at our house. Grace LOVES beans. Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

  11. Hi just wanted to stop by. I found your link from Tasty Tuesday! Hope you have a great weekend!

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