Canned food can seem convenient. It allows cooks to simply open a can to have a side dish to serve alongside any meal. However, serving the same old canned goods with a meal can backfire; the predictable flavors can bore taste buds and guests. Happily, canned pork and beans can be spiced up to make all-new side dishes to add to the cook’s repertoire. The new recipes will have guests asking for seconds.

Things You'll Need

Spicy Pork and Beans

Cook the bacon over medium heat. Place a few sheets of paper towels on a plate. Drain the bacon on the paper towels. Reserve 4 tbsp. of the drippings for later.

Spray the casserole dish with cooking spray to prevent the beans from sticking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add the beans, sugar, onion, garlic salt, chili sauce and drippings to the casserole dish. Stir well.

Crumble the bacon. Sprinkle the bacon over the beans.

Cook 25 to 30 minutes.

Pork and Bean Dip

Mix the beans, sour cream, onion and garlic powder in a bowl.

Mix the ingredients until well blended. Add the salt and pepper to taste.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until the sour cream has set.

Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.