Calico Beans Recipe
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Calico Beans Recipe

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I made this once for my dad and now my mom has to make it often. It's one of his favorites. --Suzanne Kern
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 4 ounces bacon, diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (21 ounces) pork and beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 304 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 1015mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 7g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Discard drippings.
  2. In the same skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Combine the beef mixture, bacon, beans, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, mustard and salt. Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are as thick as desired. Recipe can be easily doubled for a larger group. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Calico Beans in Reminisce Extra April 1993, p45

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TheDix User ID: 607421 248400
Reviewed May. 19, 2016

"I made this and sent it with my husband to a potluck. He came home with an empty dish--so I guess it was a hit! I could not find butter beans in the store so I used black beans. I added about 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke. I will save this recipe and make it again."

rossmom229 User ID: 1666677 235148
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"We made this at our Girl Scout overnight for a hearty lunch served with cornbread. It was a big hit and very tasty and filling after a morning hike! Easy for the girls (12 and 13) to prep and serve."

Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 228890
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"I have made this dish for potlucks and family dinners numerous times and am always asked for the recipe. I use a 13 by 9 inch baking dish and add an interesting twist by turning the oven up to 400 degrees during the last 10-15 minutes and topping the beans with canned biscuits (Grands are great!) and sprinkling shredded cheese on top of the biscuits. bake until the biscuits are fluffy and brown."

AmyIdaho User ID: 7159429 228692
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"Just took these to my niece's wedding reception! A gal searched me out as I was leaving with my crockpot to find out "who made those beans!!" Made my day! Best and easiest recipe ever!!!"

Lisamarie98 User ID: 7262406 216250
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Very good, exactly the recipe I was looking for! Doubled it and took it for Christmas dinner, still had plenty of leftovers. I used recipe ready bacon bits and no one could tell!"

grannyenl User ID: 7892700 42599
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"Misplaced the Taste of Homes this came in so had to go on line to look it up. We just love this recipe for calico beans, I do add one more thing, 1/2 tsp of liquid smoke (or adjust to your taste). Makes it taste like cooked over an open fire."

DragonSlayersRosebud User ID: 198468 40776
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2014

"Love this recipe! It's always requested for our 4th of July party!. I actually make it without the hamburger (hey, what the heck your hamburgers are grillin' later anyway!) and throw it in the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours and voila' , sit back, light a sparkler, grab a cold one and enjoy the party!"

BonnieGoring User ID: 3541011 40772
Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"This is a family favorite."

Disir User ID: 7807400 42522
Reviewed May. 21, 2014

"I am looking for a bean recipe similar to one that I had about a year ago. This isn't it but it's very, very good. Good enough for me to almost stop looking. I made this without the beef and it was still excellent. It was simple to put together in a short period of time."

lendysue User ID: 7796086 40760
Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"back in the early 80's my sister-in-law gave me this recipe. we were young parents and in college. this was a great recipe. it tasted great, it was filling, it was cheap to make. over the years i had forgotten about this recipe. it was just a few weeks ago i was thinking about this recipe but did not know the name of it. i was looking in a Ginny's magazine and saw a recipe for calico beans. i almost jumped out of my skin. i was over joyed to see this recipe. i now have it back in my recipe box. i will never loose this recipe again. i love it. yum!"

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