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Calico Beans Recipe

User Rating 5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


Calico Beans

Calico Beans in a Skillet

Photo: Diana Rattray
These hearty and flavorful beans make a fabulous side dish to serve with barbecue, or serve with hot baked cornbread as a main dish.


  • 8 ounces bacon, about 10 to 12 slices
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. dry mustard
  • 2 cans pork and beans
  • 1 can lima beans or butter beans, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar


Brown bacon, ground beef, and chopped onions. Combine drained ground beef mixture in slow cooker with remaining ingredients; cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 5 hours.


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 5 out of 5
Simple, easy and economical, Member hlouisiana

I made this up in a hurry so didn't have time for the crockpot, just simmered on a low heat about 30 min., and it was still good. I didn't have the exact beans on hand so used 1 pork and beans, 1 garbanzos, 1 kidney, 1 black beans and 1 northern beans. Very colorful! My 92-year-old father-in-law who doesn't usually eat much came back for thirds!

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