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Kelly’s Calico Beans



I remember when she was born; it took a while to receive mail back then.  The letter announcing her arrival reached us a good week after the fact. 

She was born a month and 4 days after Bill and I married, while we were living in Oberheid, Germany when Bill was serving in the Army. 

She's Bill's niece, Kelly...
 

Kelly, almost 4

Calico beans is her specialty, this is her recipe. 

Baked beans are the best, especially in the summertime with meat from the grill.  This recipe calls for 4 types of beans:  1 can each of Great Northern, butter and kidney beans, plus 2 cans of pork ‘n beans. 

Use whatever beans you prefer.  I swapped Pinto beans and mayocoba beans for the butter beans and kidney beans. The ivory-yellow mayacoba beans are a meaty bean with a mild-flavored buttery taste.

Browned ground beef is added also, ending up with a delicious side dish for your family or a crowd.  They go quickly and that can be good but, bad too because they are just as delicious left-over! 


Calico Beans

Ingredients:

½-1 pound bacon
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cans (16 ounces) pork ‘n beans
1 can (16 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (16 ounces) mayocoba beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (16 ounces) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
½ to ¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dry mustard

Method:

In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain well and crumble into large pieces.
In the same skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain.
Combine the beef mixture, bacon, beans, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar and mustard.
Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish or slow cooker.
Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are as thick as desired.
Or, cook for 4-5 hours on low in slow cooker.
About 12 servings

Enjoy!



Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips, recipes.  She’s having a Double Giveaway now!





Comments

  1. This looks delicious--and, a meal in itself. Thanks Pam and Kelly!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. Que interesante receta,excelente.

    Saludos

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  3. We have been grilling out a lot this summer. These look perfect for a dinner

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  4. Bonnie, it's a meal for me and it's really good!

    jose manuel, gracias! Es delicioso y muy facil.

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  5. BigBearswife, this will make a great side dish for your grilling!

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  6. Mayocoba beans? A mystery to me. Never seen them in the store. I love this melange of beans and bacon and beef.

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  7. What a fantastic meal, love the idea of this. Diane

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  8. I've never heard of Calico Beans before. Sounds fantastic though! Must try!

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  9. I must send this to my mom, she loves dishes like this.

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  10. I have never added ground beef to my beans before. My husband will be in heaven with the bacon and beef added to them.

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  11. I know my family would love these beans. This would be delicious with some barbecued ribs. I especially like using a variety of beans.

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  12. This would be perfect for a backyard bbq!

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  13. What lovely memories Pam, thank you for sharing :-)

    Ciao
    A.

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  14. The perfect accompaniment to all things bbq!

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  15. Pam, This bean recipe sounds great! Lots of flavors and texture... A variation on standard baked beans for our home recipe file. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  16. Thanks to all of you and I hope you give this a try!

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  17. These beans look "out of this world" good! Love all of the ingredients and I can't wait to try them! Thanks!

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