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Slow Cooker Calico Beans

Slow Cooker Calico Beans have beef, bacon, and three kinds of beans. They are the ultimate party side dish or an easy weeknight meal option!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, beans, ground beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 493 kcal


  • 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
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
US Customary - Metric


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and bacon; drain well and transfer to the slow cooker.
  2. Add onion, all beans, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, mustard, and salt. Mix well, cover, and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or until heated through.
  3. To bake in the oven, preheat oven to 350°F. Cook the beef and bacon as in step 1, then transfer to a casserole dish with a cover. Add remaining ingredients and cover. Bake 45 minutes to an hour. Everything is already cooked, so you just have to get it piping hot.

Recipe Notes

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