Whether attending or hosting a Super Bowl party, no gathering is complete without great food. Gene's Beans are a Zylstra family classic and serve as a great dip for chips, especially with Fritos Scoops.

Gene's Beans

1 pound of ground beef

1 pound of Jimmy Dean maple-flavored sausage

1 pound of little smokies with Cheddar, cut in pieces

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of black beans

1 can of Louisiana red beans (your choice of heat/spiciness)

1 can of picante beans

1 can of pinto beans

1 can of navy beans


1 teaspoon of oregano

1 teaspoon of basil

1 teaspoon of sage

2 cups of ketchup (or to taste)

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1/2 a cup of dill pickle juice

1 tablespoon of dill

2 tablespoons of wet mustard

1 medium onion, diced

1 large green bell pepper, diced

1/2 a teaspoon of garlic salt

BBQ spice/rub (optional)

Brown the ground beef and sausage with the onion and pepper. Add salt to taste. Place all the other ingredients in a crockpot (beans and spices).

Mix all the ingredients, including the meat and peppers, in the crockpot after the meat is brown. Cook in the crockpot on high for a few hours.

It's easiest to serve Gene's Beans directly from the crockpot, but a large bowl will also suffice.

An advantage of Gene's Beans is that whatever is left over can be tossed in a freezer and saved for another day.

The photo and long recipe list don't do Gene's Beans justice. Gene's Beans are a perfect side for any Super Bowl party. So grab some Fritos Scoops or tortilla chips, make Gene's Beans and let your tastebuds do the rest.

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***Recipe courtesy of Jodi Zylstra and the creator of Gene's Beans, Gene Koorn

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