The Best Cowboy-Calico Beans

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by BecR2400

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.

Top Review by NYAmy

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!

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.

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