Calico Beans

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Brown the ground beef, bacon and onion in a skillet, and drain off the grease. In a smaller bowl, mix the next five ingredients, stirring until the sugars are fully dissolved. Place beef-bacon mixture in a large bowl, then add the sauce and the beans, and mix. Pour into a large greased casserole dish, and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

*Please note the bean cans are the standard, smaller size, around 15 ounces each. Use the pork and beans as-is, but drain the juice off all the other beans before using.

This hearty, flavorful side comes together in minutes and is easily multiplied to feed a crowd. It’s the perfect pass-around for a potluck, or serve it as a savory compliment to a simple chicken or beef main dish. You can bake it in the oven, as described here, or simmer it in a slow-cooker for a few hours. Want to boost the flavor? Use your favorite barbecue sauce instead of ketchup, or add some minced garlic or even a little chopped jalapeno pepper. Serves 10-12.

1 pound of ground beef

¼ pound of bacon, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

½ cup ketchup

1 teaspoon of mustard

1 tablespoon of white vinegar

½ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

2 cans pork and beans *see note

1 can kidney beans

1 can northern beans

1 can lima beans

 

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