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Calico Beans

Calico beans are a perfect side dish for hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ's and potlucks, revved up baked beans with ground beef and bacon, brown sugar and three kinds of canned beans.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword calico beans, hamburger baked beans, ground beef recipes, canned beans
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

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.