Saucy Calico Beans Recipe
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Saucy Calico Beans Recipe

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A picnic favorite, this saucy bean medley isn't overly sweet like some versions. The dish will be empty before you know it! —Pat Price Cook, Mission Viejo, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 medium onions, halved and sliced
  • 5 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 276 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 608mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 8g fiber), 10g protein .


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute onions and bacon until onions are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add brown sugar, vinegar and mustard; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°.
  3. Stir beans into the sauce mixture. Transfer to a 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake 1 hour or until heated through. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Calico Beans in Taste of Home June/July 2009, p17

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leamarie 61236
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

"Just the right amount of sweet and savory. Tastes just like my aunt's calico beans that I've loved since I was a little girl!"

nhatalsky 73614
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"A delicious family favorite! I dice my onions instead of halving and slicing, and I use great northern beans in place of the lima. This is also a great recipe for the slow cooker. After stirring in the beans, I put it all in my crock pot on low for 5 hours. The left-overs are tasty, too!"

soupmaker1 155744
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"Very saucy and good. I added chopped green pepper."

getavilla 136300
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"I've made this recipe several times. It's delicious as is but sometimes I like to change it a little....different beans, sauces, etc. Lots of compliments when I serve it."

tammyjones1967 150880
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"Yummy, yummy, yummy."

lehmanj 75889
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"This is truly a winner. I use hamburger for a main dish and without if it is a side to hamburgers. Great either way. I use butter beans instead of lima beans and add ketchup as well."

phutton 136298
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"Fixed these beans for a dinner party last weekend. I just received an invitation to a potluck. I was asked to please bring "those beans". I did use brown sugar splenda instead of regular brown sugar."

medwmst 136296
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2011

"I had found this recipe about five years ago, have made it numerous times for church gatherings, and it was a huge hit... well I moved and lost all my recipes, and was elated to have found it again on here!!! This recipe is absolutely amazing! I add either lil smokies or kielbasa to it to add to the flavor!"

schultz10 83777
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"Add a pound of hamburger for a different taste."

PastorsWife7 67617
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"We found these beans to be better than my usual recipe. I didn't have any pork & beans on hand so I used baked beans. Also, I don't care for lima beans so I don't keep them on hand, so I used cannellini beans instead; turned out fine."

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