Crock Pot Calico Beans

Josh and I ate these at a church pot luck two years in a row and raved about them. The third year the beans were absent from the picnic table. At first we panicked: we’d never eat them again! We reminisced fondly about them over the following year. I just couldn’t get these beans out of my mind. Finally I searched for the recipe online and our lost love was found!

I think of these as cowboy beans: lots of ground beef, bacon, and beans loping along in a tangy, sweet barbeque sauce.

Serve with cornbread, serve with salad, serve alongside ribs.

Just serve. . .  often.


Crock Pot Calico Beans                                                                                    Serves 8 (as a side)


1 lb ground beef

1/2 c onion, chopped

1/2 lb bacon, fried until crisp and crumbled

1 32-oz can baked beans

1 15-oz can large butter beans, undrained

1 15-oz can small butter beans, drained

1/2 C ketchup

2 tsp white vinegar

3/4 C packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp mustard powder

salt & pepper, to taste


In a large skillet over medium heat, fry the ground beef and onions until beef is no longer pink. Drain fat. In a crock pot, combine the crumbled bacon, baked beans and butter beans. Stir in ketchup, white vinegar, brown sugar, mustard powder and cooked beef and onions.Mix thoroughly, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Heat on medium for 4-8 hours.

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Have you got variations on this bean dish? Let’s hear them!

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