Cowboy Calico Beans Recipe
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Cowboy Calico Beans Recipe

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This filling dish is a tradition at the table when my girlfriends and I go up North for a "girl's weekend." The husbands and kids are left at home, but the slow cooker comes with us!—Julie Butsch, Hartland, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
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  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pork and beans
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 326 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 808 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 22 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar and mustard; add to meat mixture. Stir in the beans. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Cowboy Calico Beans in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2010, p79

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 326 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 808 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 22 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

/ add a can of pinto beans just because we like them a lot and crumbled bacon on top before serving. Otherwise, I follow it as written. Really, really good for a cookout or a cool fall supper.

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Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

Love it...added crispy bacon.

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Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

I have made this recipe for years and it's a favorite. I use half a pound of ground beef and half a pound of diced bacon. If you're having problems with the beans being mushy, put it in the crockpot for only 2 hours. Some crockpots get a lot hotter than others, especially the newer ones. Everything is cooked before you put it in the crockpot, so essentially all you're doing is heating it up and keeping it warm.

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Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

The flavor of the dish was a bit bland- could be spicier or a stronger barbecue flavor. The beans tended to "mush" together with stirring after the 4-5 hours of slow cooking. But, very easy and convenient to make.

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Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

I made this without the hamburger meat and added bacon instead. The flavor was great and will definitely make again.

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