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This recipe is awesome! I put all the ingredients in the crockpot and set it on low for 3 hours. My husband is a huge fan of baked beans and said these are the best he has ever tasted.

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michalum83 August 29, 2009

I made these for my husband to take to work for a pre-Thanksgiving pot luck. Major hit...glad I didn't 'keep it simple, and just make beans' as he asked. They went so fast that they were gone before he got to them, and I made a BIG batch! I DOUBLED the recipe and made a couple of small changes; I didn't double the ground beef, using 1 1/2 lbs total. I browned the ground beef in the bacon fat, (Had to take off my *Food Police* hat for that one!) adding the onion and about 1/2 tsp garlic powder half way to done. Then I drained any extra fat before adding it to the rest of the recipe. I used 9 slices bacon and 1 cup of brown sugar-it was plenty sweet. I also added a can of tomato sauce and a can of drained black beans for more color. Also, a teaspoon of Liquid Smoke gave a nice touch of flavor. I drained all beans except the pork and beans. I saved the liquid from the kidney beans in case it got too dry while baking, but I didn't need it. This recipe is a keeper for many reasons; it's quick, economical, looks pretty and best of all, tastes great! Thanks Jen.

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Food Police November 24, 2007

Absolutely wonderful! My Mom used to make these, and I lost her recipe. These are just like hers! Didn't have butter beans, so I used white kidney along with the red kidney beans. It doesn't matter really. These would be great with any kind of beans!

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MailbagMary August 08, 2015

Yet another 5 star recipe!!! What a crowd pleaser this one is! I make this for most of my outdoor summer/fall events. I like to add black beans and green beans plus a little liquid smoke with maybe some BBQ sauce...don't mean to change the recipe on you but the basics are very good here too...just personal preference! (I also add sausage or sometimes use just sausage)
Thank you Jen for posting!

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Mrs. Flick June 29, 2012

Very good side dish for our pork chops. DH didn't care for the kidney beans but I thought it was very good.

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adopt a greyhound June 17, 2012

Nice & simple recipe! Like another reviewer suggested, I added some liquid smoke & I think it added some nice flavor. I added more beans and doubled some ingredients for a large potluck. I also omitted the hamburger and double the bacon for a less filling side-dish. Don't be afraid to use different types of beans or mix and match beans!

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Heidi T. April 26, 2011

I've been looking for a great bean recipe and I found it! Made it for a potluck at work and several asked for the recipe. A couple of the guys begged to take some home with them. DH loved it as well. I did use Splenda brown sugar and black beans (I was short on the others), but you could substitute any kind of canned bean with this! Thanks this will be my bean recipe from now on!

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Heartspell January 09, 2011

Lost my recipe for calico beans, and this one is the same one. Thank you for posting this.
Only changes made were to use apple cider vinegar ( because I was too lazy to bring up the regular vinegar from downstairs ) and I added a 1/2 cup of water so it wouldn't get too dry while baking in the oven. The salt also was omitted, as we are watching our intake of salt. The water cooked down just enough for the right consistency. To go with this, we had sliced Italian bread from the bakery. Yum!

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o.c.gramma November 05, 2010

This was very good although I must admit to some minor modifications. I used 1T of both the dry mustard & vinegar & only 1/2 c of the brown sugar. I also added in a drizzle of maple syrup because thats what I remembered my Mom adding & loved it! Thanks for sharing, will be sure to make this one again!

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RitaBean February 08, 2010
Calico Beans (Baked Beans W/ 3 Kinds of Beans)