Calico Beans

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Sandys148

Easy, economical comfort meal. Easy to double, adapt and freezes well. Great to take to a friend's house for a party, new baby, or sick family member. My aunt gave me the recipe and I use it all the time. I have made it for a family reunion (30 people)and for our family. I have recently altered it for a vegetarian guest and I didn't miss the meat!

Top Review by Charlotte J

Mom made something like this when we were growing up. But back then I don't think she could get garbanzos here in Iowa, so she used lima beans. I used 1 tablespoon mustard, 2-3 tablespoons catsup, 1 tablespoon br. sugar and 2-3 tablespoons vinegar. Of course I HAD to use the 4 garlic cloves :) I adopted this chef for the *Spring PAC 2008* game

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat pan. Add olive oil and cook garlic and onion until opaque. Add ground beef and cook through.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to crock or baking pan. Remember to rinse the beans except for the baked beans. I never measure the catsup, mustard, brown sugar or vinegar, but I gave estimates.
  3. If baking, place in 350 oven until heated throughout ~ about 1 hour.
  4. If heating in crockpot, turn it on low and heat throughout ~ 1 to 1.5 hours.
  5. For the budget conscious, decrease meat and add a can of your favorite beans and/or serve over rice, rolls or biscuits to increase the amount of servings.
  6. Can be made for vegetarians. Don't add the ground beef and add cooked rice (1 cup uncooked)or pasta (8 oz). Make sure to get vegetarian baked beans.

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