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Calico Beans

Packed full of beef, beans and bacon, this calico beans recipe is one of my favorites. Serve it as a hearty side or main dish. —Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 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
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, 5-7 minutes, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. cast-iron pan or baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, until the beans are as thick as desired, 45-60 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 260 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 826mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 7g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Anne
    Jun 11, 2020

    I have made this three times now. It has become a favorite "go to" when barbecuing.

  • tkuehl
    Oct 31, 2019

    Like other reviews, this is a favorite childhood recipe. I always double it, because it is that good. I often prepare it ahead of time, then warm it up in the crockpot at a church function.

  • Kerrismom
    Mar 19, 2018

    This is a favorite of mine since childhood. I love the tangy sweetness of the sauce mingled with the bacon flavor. Mmmmm... so good! Mom always used lima instead of butter beans for added color, and I usually do the same. Now my husband is a big fan of this dish as well. Works great in the crockpot as well.

  • Charla
    Mar 5, 2018

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  • Barb
    Mar 8, 2017

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

  • TheDix
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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!