Calico Beans
This is my go-to dish for potlucks and parties.
  • 1 lb Bacon
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 C Ketchup
  • 1 C Brown Sugar
  • 1 Can Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 Can Cannellini Beans
  • 1 Can Pork and Beans
  • 1 Can of Baked Beans
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cut up a pound of bacon and cook until crispy.
  3. Drain the bacon on a paper towel and remove all but a tablespoon of the bacon grease from the pan.
  4. Cook a pound of lean ground beef in the pan with the bacon grease.
  5. Be sure to scrape up all of the brown bits.
  6. If you use ground chuck (or the like) you may need to drain the beef at this point.
  7. When the beef is almost finished cooking, add a chopped onion and a little salt and pepper.
  8. Once the beef is good and brown, add the ketchup and brown sugar.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Rinse the Red Kidney Beans and Cannellini Beans in a colander to to remove that metal can taste.
  11. In a big bowl, mix together the ground beef and all of the beans.
  12. Gently stir on the bacon.
  13. Pour the beans into a casserole dish and bake for one hour at 350F. It doesn’t always take a full hour so keep an eye on it.
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