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Slow-Cooked Calico Beans Recipe

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My sister-in-law gave me the recipe for these hearty beans that make an appearance at all of our family functions. The ingredients slowly cook to perfection for a mouthwatering sweet-and-smoky flavor. Everyone will be going back for seconds!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) baked beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Add the beans, pineapple, onion, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar and mustard.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until heated through. Just before serving, stir in bacon. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Calico Beans in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2013, p90

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