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Slow Cooker Calico Beans

From cowboys to kiddos, everyone goes crazy for Slow Cooker Calico Beans. Loaded with beef and bacon, they're great for a cookouts, parties, and easy meals!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, beans, ground beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 493kcal
Author Meggan Hill

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ 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

Instructions

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).

Notes

Any other canned bean can be substituted for the butter beans (Cannelini, great northern, pinto, more kidney, etc.).

Nutrition

Calories: 493kcal