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Hearty Calico Bean Bake

For years, my mother made this savory-sweet bean dish. I was always thrilled when it was on the menu, and now I serve it often to my own family. You can vary the types of beans used, if you wish. —Heather Biedler Laura, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 can (16 ounces) pork and beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut wax beans, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Transfer to a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until bubbly and heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 415 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 1130mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 10g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • amyngus
    Oct 28, 2010

    Love this recipe. I use what beans I have on hand. I often use as a main dish. My family and guests have always loved it!!!

  • HeatherHH
    Oct 27, 2009

    I am the recipe submitter. My mom always used the ham, and I included it because I tried to submit it for a ham/pork recipe. However, I no longer put ham in it because of health concerns. That would lower the sodium and fat as well. I think it tastes just as good without the ham.

  • currantgel
    Sep 8, 2009

    This busts my sodium budget for the whole day! Why not find alternatives for high sodium ingredients like pork and beans, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and reduce the amount of ham?

  • 55buickguy
    Sep 6, 2009

    I use hamburger, fried with the bacon and onion. I also use butter beans.1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 Tbsp white vinegar. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

  • pemamabear
    Sep 5, 2009

    A little Tobasco Sauce to taste gives this recipe a little "kick". You don't need much to feel a tingle or add as much as you like.

  • janetlh2008
    Sep 4, 2009

    The "original" recipe that I had did not call for molasses or liquid smoke. I think everyone adapts this recipe to suit their own tastes. I don't use the cut wax beans, the ham, or the cheese; however, I think my sause part has more ingredients and I normally triple the sauce part and cook on top of the stove. Instead of the ham, I always put bacon in it (which you fry first with a large diced sweet onion) and the bacon makes it taste wonderfully! My family just loves this recipe!

    Sep 4, 2009

    THis is not the original recipe.The original did not call for ham or cheese or even cut wax beans. This recipe leave out the molasses and the liquid smoke. I have been using my recipe since Nov. 1972.

  • margweise
    Sep 30, 2007

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  • Robin
    Sep 10, 2007

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