California Barbecued Beans
This dish traditionally uses beans and chili sauce rarely seen beyond California. We wanted to recreate this regional recipe with nationally available supermarket ingredients.
Why This Recipe Works
California barbecued beans recipes use a bean variety and chili sauce rarely found outside of California. We wanted to recreate this regional recipe with nationally available supermarket ingredients. Pink kidney beans proved to be a good stand-in for the hard-to-find pinquito beans called for in most California barbecued beans recipes. Some recipes suggest using jarred taco sauce alone if the original recipe’s requisite red chili sauce can’t be found, but we found its taste and texture too thin. Instead, we augmented the sauce with a combination of fried bacon, ham, onions, and garlic with tomato puree, brown sugar, and dry mustard, which perfectly captured the chili sauce’s bite.