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Saucy Calico Beans Recipe

Saucy Calico Beans Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Saucy Calico Beans

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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!"

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!"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

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

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."

Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"Yummy, yummy, yummy."

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."

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."

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!"

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

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

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."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"These beans are a hit at my small group--they've become my regular bean dish. I've made them quite a few times already. I like that they are, like the recipe says, a little less sweet, but still just right."

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2010

"The best baked beans I have ever tasted. I will make these again."

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"I also add a pound of ground beef that has been cooked to the recipie...found that you can alternate the beans (other than the baked ones) with any others."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"Fantastic! I love beans. this was without a doubt one of the best and easiest bean recipes I have ever eaten, let alone made! I will be keeping this one as a standard take-along for cookouts, etc.. I halved the recipe and it was still really great. Thanks!"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"My husband who dislikes 3-bean salad was afraid this dish would taste the same. To everyone's pleasant it is world better. Can't get enough of it."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"These were good and got lots of compliments at the event I took them too. I have another baked bean recipe that I prefer though!"

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2009

"I made these last night. I am not a huge bean fan but these were superb! I used Bush's grillin beans for the baked beans. Gave them a great flavor!


Reviewed Jun. 2, 2009

"WOW - these are great! Everyone wanted the recipe. I used less onions and instead of 2 cans lima beans, I used 1 can lima and 1 can great northern beans."

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