The Best Cowboy-Calico Beans

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

These are the BEST! I've been making this recipe for over 20 years now, and it's always a HIT with my family and friends! Great for BBQ's, potlucks, camping etc. Can be made in the oven or in the crockpot, and it freezes and reheats well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown beef, bacon and onion in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat.
  3. Add beans and remaining ingredients, stirring to combine.
  4. Pour into two (1 1/2- quart each) buttered baking dishes.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until beans reach desired thickness (do not stir---a nice chewy, crispy crust will form, which is my favorite part--yum!).
  6. Alternatively, place in a buttered crock pot and heat on low for about 4 hours, uncover during the last hour of cooking if you like your beans thick.
  7. Freezes/reheats well.


Most Helpful

I made these for a Fourth of July BBQ. They were a big hit! SO DELICIOUS! I only used 1/4 cup of each of the sugars and they were still very sweet. This has become a family favorite. Thank you BecR!

NYAmy July 14, 2009

This goes directly into my "WOW" cookbook. Made these as part our July 4 cookout and everyone loved them, especially me! I would use a little more ground beef next time and the only other change I made was to exclude the mustard. Also, cooked these in a slow cooker on low for four hours. Would decrease this time a little in the future because my crockpot cooks a little hot. This is a fabulous recipe and one I will make many many more times. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Marie July 04, 2009

This recipe is the Best! I don't change the recipe at all. I've made them in the oven and in the crock pot. I've made them in my roaster for large gatherings using the multiplier for the ingredients. (50 servings fit in my roaster, but probably serves more like 75 people as a side dish) They are a perfect balance of sweet, thick, and have lots of flavor. This is my go to bean recipe!

carolinespa September 22, 2013

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