Calico Beans

A hearty baked bean dish with three kinds of beans, ground beef and bacon ~ a surefire crowd pleaser.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword calico beans recipe, stove top calico beans, calico baked beans, bacon, ground beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird (recipe from my aunt Jean)


  • 1 lb ground beef (any kind will do, I used ground sirloin)
  • ½ cup diced yellow onion (about half a large onion)
  • ½ cup diced bacon (about 3-4 pieces thick-cut bacon)
  • 1 (15½-oz) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (16-oz) can butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 (16- to 18-oz) jars or cans of B&M brick oven baked beans
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar (can use white vinegar instead)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp dry mustard


  • Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add bacon, onion and ground beef.  Cook and brown, breaking up ground beef with wooden spoon, until beef is cooked and onion is soft and translucent, about 10 - 12 minutes.  Drain grease.
  • Add the beans, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, salt and mustard; stir to combine and bring to a simmer.  Turn heat down, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring often.  Serve and enjoy!


My Aunt used a specific brand of baked beans and I follow her advice. If desired, substitute with a plain version of canned pork and beans.