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Cowboy Calico Beans Recipe

Cowboy Calico Beans Recipe

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 YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 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


  • 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.

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.

Reviews for Cowboy Calico Beans

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"Love this!!"

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"Love this recipe, and so do my guests! Have made many times...sometimes adding a bit of crumbled bacon as well. I mix the bean variety too. Great dish to bring to potlucks."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"This is a nice, easy recipe. I love that is is made in the slow cooker. Since it makes a good amount, it's a nice dish to make for a get-together and can be served right out of the slow cooker. It's not the most attractive dish, but it tastes really good!"

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."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"Love it...added crispy bacon."

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."

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."

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

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

Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"This stuff is absolutely awesome. Great for cookouts."

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