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Calico Beans Recipe

Calico Beans

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"These hearty beans full of ground beef and bacon are great for a picnic or potluck."

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Original recipe makes 4 to 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. In the same skillet, crumble ground beef and cook over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Mix in onion and continue to saute until beef is browned and onion is golden. Drain grease if desired.
  3. In a 4 quart casserole dish, mix together bacon, beef, onion, lima beans, kidney beans, pork and beans, dry mustard, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Cover dish and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until bubbly.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 11, 2003

We've made these for years, and they're requested everytime our family gathers. We add a cup of kethcup, a tbs of molasses, and use 2- 15 oz cans of Bushs Best Beans in place of the 15 oz of baked beans, and they're amazing.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 21, 2006

First of all I slow-cooked them for about 7 hrs. When i first blended them I did'nt care for the flavor at all. Too much mustard and sugar. But after simmering for 7 hrs. they greatly improved.

Sep 25, 2003

I had a recipe similar to this but I lost it. These beans turned out pretty good the first time I made them, but the second time I added some ketchup, worchestershire sauce and molasses and that was more like the recipe I remember. Great for a summer bar-b-q or picnic.

Jan 27, 2006

This is my husband's favorite meal! I have to make it at least once a week. I do add one teaspoon of dry mustard and instead of lima beans I use baby butter beans. I have even used chili beans when I didn't have the butter beans. Basically any bean will do.

Jul 04, 2005

I love to put this together and cook it in the slow cooker all morning. It's a great pot-luck offering.

Jul 24, 2003

I used several kinds of beans and added kielbasa. Cook on low for several hours in a crockpot.

Mar 06, 2006

These were amazing. From young kids to adults they all loved them. As other people had mentioned I added 1 cup of Ketchup, a tbs of molasses and 2-15 oz cans of Bush’s Best Red Beans in place of the 15 oz of the pork & beans. Also I used ground sausage in place of the ground beef. Definitely a keeper, thank you.

Apr 21, 2005

Reduced the amount of the ground beef slightly. Used frozen chopped onions and precooked bacon as timesavers.


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  • Calories
  • 788 kcal
  • 39%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 99.2 g
  • 32%
  • Cholesterol
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 20.5 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 30.8 g
  • 123%
  • Protein
  • 54.5 g
  • 109%
  • Sodium
  • 1465 mg
  • 59%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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