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Slow Cooker Calico Beans Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Tracy Bierman

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 pound ground beef
pound bacon diced
1 medium onion chopped
2 (16 ounce) cans pork and beans drained
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can butter beans drained and rinsed
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
Salt

Directions:
Directions:
To make Calico Beans in a slow cooker:
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and bacon; drain well and transfer to the slow cooker.
Add onion, all beans, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, and mustard. Mix well, cover, and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours. Season to taste with salt (I like 1 teaspoon).
To make Calico Beans in the oven:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and bacon; drain well and transfer to a 2-quart casserole dish.
Add onion, all beans, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, and mustard. Mix well, cover, and bake until heated through, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Season to taste with salt (I like 1 teaspoon).
To make Calico Beans on the stove:
In a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and bacon; drain well.
Add onion, all beans, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, and mustard. Bring to a simmer and cook until heated through, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt (I like 1 teaspoon)

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
12 servings
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
Prep Time15 minutes Cook Time4 hours 15 minutes Total Time4 hours 30 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Notes
Any other canned bean can be substituted for the butter beans (Cannelini, great northern, pinto, more kidney, etc.).

Other optional ingredients in Calico Beans:

Molasses. Some people love the richness that the molasses provides, but this recipe already includes molasses in the form of brown sugar.
Liquid smoke. A tiny bit of liquid smoke gives a nice smokiness to the beans. Try it!
Pork sausage. Some cooks love using pork sausage in Calico Beans in place of ground beef.
Lima beans. Canned lima beans are super tasty, too. Any bean is a good bean.
BBQ sauce. Switch out the ketchup (or part of the ketchup) for your best barbecue sauce.


I use my pork and beans I canned .... :)

 

 

 

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