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Calico Beans Recipe

Calico Beans Recipe

I made this once for my dad and now my mom has to make it often. It's one of his favorites. --Suzanne Kern
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 4 ounces bacon, diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (21 ounces) pork and beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Discard drippings.
  • 2. In the same skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Combine the beef mixture, bacon, beans, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, mustard and salt. Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are as thick as desired. Recipe can be easily doubled for a larger group. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 304 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 1015mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 7g fiber), 20g protein.

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Barb User ID: 9103052 263204
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2017

"I have made this recipe several times. Can even make in crock pot too. We love them!


TheDix User ID: 607421 248400
Reviewed May. 19, 2016

"I made this and sent it with my husband to a potluck. He came home with an empty dish--so I guess it was a hit! I could not find butter beans in the store so I used black beans. I added about 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke. I will save this recipe and make it again."

rossmom229 User ID: 1666677 235148
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"We made this at our Girl Scout overnight for a hearty lunch served with cornbread. It was a big hit and very tasty and filling after a morning hike! easy for the girls (12 and 13) to prep and serve."

Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 228890
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"I have made this dish for potlucks and family dinners numerous times and am always asked for the recipe. I use a 13 by 9 inch baking dish and add an interesting twist by turning the oven up to 400 degrees during the last 10-15 minutes and topping the beans with canned biscuits (Grands are great!) and sprinkling shredded cheese on top of the biscuits. bake until the biscuits are fluffy and brown."

AmyIdaho User ID: 7159429 228692
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"Just took these to my niece's wedding reception! A gal searched me out as I was leaving with my crockpot to find out "who made those beans!!" Made my day! Best and easiest recipe ever!!!"

Lisamarie98 User ID: 7262406 216250
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Very good, exactly the recipe I was looking for! Doubled it and took it for Christmas dinner, still had plenty of leftovers. I used recipe ready bacon bits and no one could tell!"

grannyenl User ID: 7892700 42599
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"Misplaced the Taste of Homes this came in so had to go on line to look it up. We just love this recipe for calico beans, I do add one more thing, 1/2 tsp of liquid smoke (or adjust to your taste). Makes it taste like cooked over an open fire."

DragonSlayersRosebud User ID: 198468 40776
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2014

"Love this recipe! It's always requested for our 4th of July party!. I actually make it without the hamburger (hey, what the heck your hamburgers are grillin' later anyway!) and throw it in the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours and voila' , sit back, light a sparkler, grab a cold one and enjoy the party!"

BonnieGoring User ID: 3541011 40772
Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"This is a family favorite."

Disir User ID: 7807400 42522
Reviewed May. 21, 2014

"I am looking for a bean recipe similar to one that I had about a year ago. This isn't it but it's very, very good. Good enough for me to almost stop looking. I made this without the beef and it was still excellent. It was simple to put together in a short period of time."

lendysue User ID: 7796086 40760
Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"back in the early 80's my sister-in-law gave me this recipe. we were young parents and in college. this was a great recipe. it tasted great, it was filling, it was cheap to make. over the years i had forgotten about this recipe. it was just a few weeks ago i was thinking about this recipe but did not know the name of it. i was looking in a Ginny's magazine and saw a recipe for calico beans. i almost jumped out of my skin. i was over joyed to see this recipe. i now have it back in my recipe box. i will never loose this recipe again. i love it. yum!"

SwedeStelzer User ID: 5699824 14482
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"Absolutely delicious. I fry a couple pounds of bacon and three pounds. lean ground beef ahead and keep it in the freezer. Sure saves time next time."

debmansur User ID: 1542916 43123
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

"My husband absolutely loved this (me, too)! Now I have to make it at least once a week for him. I cook the ground beef and onions, fry the bacon, mix everything together in the crock pot and let it cook. Great for hot, humid Florida days!!"

Gogo-899 User ID: 6719196 37990
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"There are no leftovers when I bring this dish to picnics or family gatherings"

ak4ever User ID: 2682822 72646
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"My boys (4 & 1) call these chocolate beans. We love them. Wish I could rate it 10 stars"

mjjc User ID: 621738 45245
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"This is an excellent recipe. My family loves this. However, I really don't care for the kidney beans in it, so I double the pork & beans. I use more bacon than called for, I cooked 12 ozs. of bacon . I like this dish meaty! The sauce ingredients I doubled to make it saucier. I get nothing but rave reviews when I make this recipe. It's wonderful! :) Thanks!!"

plainpatty User ID: 5986130 40758
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"These beans were a big hit with my family. I added a can of chile beans undrained and replaced the lima beans with baby butter beans drained and rinsed."

huntinmama8 User ID: 4044631 17567
Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"Wonderful main course with cornbread as a side I use ground venison instead of beef"

WhiteBirdMustFly User ID: 3784672 201872
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2009

"This is an old recipe add baby lima beans and some form of chili pepper or tapatia or other hot sauce and you have my Mother's recipe. Add lib on the different styles of beans and spices to include italian if that's taboo with you. =) It's a camping favorite as it can be done in a kettle over a fire, in a frying pan or in an oven. If electricity is available we usually make it in the crock pot to save the skillets and such for other foods. Love this recipe myself! Have had many people over the years ask for it's recipe which originally came from my Great-Great Grandmother.

Glad to see it here but you beat me to it. LOL!"

carolbeth User ID: 2679239 43122
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2007


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