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Friday, November 2, 2012

Calico Baked Beans

This recipe for calico beans has been in our family so long I'm not sure who it started with! I know someone began bringing it to church functions and now it's one of those "must make" side dishes for parties. I have always said it makes plenty to serve it as a meal on it's own, but Paul reminded me as he was eating this for dinner that it was in fact a side dish and not dinner. :/ 

This is a perfect potluck dish -- I froze the leftovers in jumbo muffins tins and then popped them out into a freezer bag. This goes great with pulled pork or BBQ chicken sandwiches!

Calico Baked Beans

1lb ground beef
2 tablespoons dried, minced onion
5-8 slices bacon
28 oz can country style baked beans
16 oz can kidney beans, drained
16 oz can lima beans, drained
16 oz can Campbell's pork & beans
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared mustard

Cook bacon in skillet until crispy. Place on paper towels and set aside, drain grease from skillet leaving about a tablespoon in the bottom of pan. Add ground beef to skillet and cook until brown, drain, and return to pan. Add baked beans, kidney beans, lima beans, pork & beans, and crumbled bacon. In small bowl, mix brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, and minced onion. Add brown sugar mixture to beans in skillet, turn to coat. Pour beans into a 2 quart dish (will fill to top) and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

In the mood for beans? Here are some more ideas...

~Beef & Black Bean Tostizzas

~Pumpkin & Black Bean Chili

~Chili Cheese Nachos

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  1. I'm pretty sure I have never eaten a lima bean, but I love baked beans and yours looks amazing.

  2. These look amazing. We're huge bean fans :) Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

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