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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.