Calico Beans


   Beans, beans the musical fruit.  The more you eat the more you…well you know the rest of the story.  I first had these beans at a catered lunch many years ago.  I loved them.  I’d never had anything like them before.  So I decided I was going to make these at home.  It starts with three kinds of beans, ground chuck and bacon.  It makes a wonderful accompaniment to any cookout.  Once you brown the beef, bacon and onions, you just throw everything in the crockpot.  A few hours later you’re eating the best beans you’ve had in your mouth.  Yes, they’re rootin’, tootin’ good!                                                                                   Calico Beans

6 – 8 slices bacon

1 pound lean ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 Tbs. dry mustard

2 cans 15 oz. each pork and beans

1 can 15 oz. baby lima beans or butter beans, drained

1 can 15 oz. kidney beans, drained

1/2 cup ketchup

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 Tbs. vinegar

1/4 cup molasses

1 Tbs. honey

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

Spray the bowl of a crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.  Brown beef in a medium sized skillet, drain excess grease and place in the prepared crockpot.  Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy.  Crumble bacon into the crockpot.  Drain all but one tablespoon bacon grease out of the skillet, leaving any of the browned bits in the pan.  Saute the onion in the bacon grease until light golden brown in color.  Add the onions and the remaining ingredients to the crockpot.  Stir to mix well.  Cook on low for 3-5 hours or on high for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally so that they don’t stick to the bottom and burn.  Enjoy!

Wishing you love, laughter and cake,



About glendaclark

Hi there! My name is Glenda and I love food. Cooking and baking are my creative outlets. You'll find me in the kitchen laughing, singing, dancing and cooking or baking. I'm wife to my green eyed Irish guy, mother of four and grandmother of four. These are the chronicles of life as Glenda, the good witch of cake. Warning: may contain cartoon moments, butter and sugar.

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