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Great Depression Casserole

This budget-friendly pork and bean casserole will take you back in time to the 1930s.

Updated May 23, 2018
Great Depression Casserole
Great Depression Casserole
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During the Great Depression, bologna became a staple in the diets of many who couldn't afford other types of meat. This Great Depression Casserole is a budget-friendly recipe that still tastes great today! With bacon, pork and beans, bologna, Cheddar cheese and more, this deliciously-easy casserole is full of savory and delicious flavors the whole family will love. Just because it doesn't cost a lot to make, doesn't make this casserole any less tasty! This is definitely a good old recipe that should stick around for a while.

Serves8

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time35 min

Easy

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pork and beans (undrained)
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chili with beans
  • 1 1/2 pound bologna, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Great Depression Casserole

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 3-quart deep baking dish.

  2. In a large deep skillet over medium high heat, cook bacon until it is browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, onion and garlic and continue to cook and stir another 5 minutes until the vegetables begin to turn translucent. Add the bologna and cook for 5 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Stir in pork and beans and chili.

  3. Pour mixture into the baking dish, top with the cheese and bake for 20 minutes until it is bubbly and the cheese is melted.

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