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Calico Beans

Calico Beans

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Bea Gassman

These hearty beans full of ground beef and bacon are great for a picnic or potluck.

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  • Calories:
  • 788 kcal
  • 39%
  • Fat:
  • 20.5 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 99.2g
  • 32%
  • Protein:
  • 54.5 g
  • 109%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Sodium:
  • 1465 mg
  • 59%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. In the same skillet, crumble ground beef and cook over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Mix in onion and continue to saute until beef is browned and onion is golden. Drain grease if desired.
  3. In a 4 quart casserole dish, mix together bacon, beef, onion, lima beans, kidney beans, pork and beans, dry mustard, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Cover dish and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until bubbly.
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We've made these for years, and they're requested everytime our family gathers. We add a cup of kethcup, a tbs of molasses, and use 2- 15 oz cans of Bushs Best Beans in place of the 15 oz of baked beans, and they're amazing.


This is my husband's favorite meal! I have to make it at least once a week. I do add one teaspoon of dry mustard and instead of lima beans I use baby butter beans. I have even used chili beans when I didn't have the butter beans. Basically any bean will do.


I had a recipe similar to this but I lost it. These beans turned out pretty good the first time I made them, but the second time I added some ketchup, worchestershire sauce and molasses and that was more like the recipe I remember. Great for a summer bar-b-q or picnic.