Calico Beans

This is another favorite family recipe.  I often make it for picnics but we also eat these during the winter months with corn bread and baked ham. When we have company, I double the recipe. The beans can be baked in a roasting pan in the oven for one hour or simmered on high for 4 hours in a crock pot. Serve these beans in soup bowls or large cups because they are soupy.


  • 1 pound bacon, diced in 1” pieces
  • 1 pound hamburger meat
  • 1 medium onion, diced in 1” pieces
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbls. molasses
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 – 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 – 15 oz. can large butter beans, drained
  • 1 – 15 oz. can green lima beans, drained
  • 1 – 15 oz.  can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 – 15 oz. can northern beans, drained
  • 1 – 15 oz. can pork and beans, not drained


  •  In a large frying pan, brown the diced bacon, hamburger and diced onion together. Drain slightly. Remove from the heat.
  •  Add all other ingredients and stir together. Pour into a large roasting pan or a crock pot.
  • Bake 1 hour in a roasting pan or 3-4 hours in a crock pot.
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