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.

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!

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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. Liz says

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

    Thanks for organizing this!

  4. Gina says

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

  5. Smockity Frocks says

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

  6. April@The 21st Century Housewife says

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

  7. 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.

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