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1. In a 10-inch skillet cook and stir bacon over medium heat until bacon is crisp. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the drippings in the pan. (If necessary, add cooking oil to skillet to make 1 teaspoon drippings.) Drain bacon on paper towels.
2. Cook onion in reserved drippings until tender but not brown. Add bacon, broth, uncooked rice, celery, salt, hot pepper sauce, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
3. Add the undrained beans and sweet pepper strips. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes more. Serve immediately. Makes 4 main-dish or 6 side-dish servings.