Looking for an amazing picnic recipe? Look no further, once you taste this recipe for Baked Calico Beans, loaded with 3 kinds of beans, beef, and bacon, you'll know why everyone called them the BEST baked beans!
I know, I know ... calling a dish "the best" is a tough act to follow. But I am telling you, my mom's Calico Beans are quite possibly the BEST baked beans I have ever had!
Beans, bacon and ground beef in a savory sauce, baked until the top is caramelized and a little crispy...did I mention there is bacon?! Move over brats, burgers, and dogs; this hearty summer side dish is the next BBQ star!
Why I love this recipe
- the thick, rick sticky sauce
- both bacon and beef
- only 15 minutes of active prep work
- perfect for picnics and potlucks
Speaking of beans, there are 3 kinds in this dish: big yellow butter beans, dark red kidney beans and a few cans of good ol' pork and beans. Along with tender onions, ground beef, and crispy bacon, it bakes to bubbly perfection while you man the grill!
- ground beef
- brown sugar
- dry mustard
- white vinegar
- pork and beans
- kidney & butter beans
Step by step
You will need to do a little prep work - sautéing onions, crisping bacon and browning ground beef. But, once that is done, you simply stir all of the ingredients together and pop your baking dish in the oven.
Have patience while you wait for this yummy dish to bake to perfection, because once it's done it is sooooo worth it!
I like to bake mine a little "well done" so the tops and edges of the bacon get crispy. If you prefer yours a little soupier, just reduce the baking time a bit.
If you need to feed a crowd, just double the recipe and sit back and watch your guests devour them at the picnic or potluck! Blue ribbon, here we come!
More Summer Recipes!
- BBQ Onions
- Grilled Sweet Corn & Garlic Parmesan Butter
- Barbecue Bacon Dogs
- BBQ RanchGrilled Wedge Salad
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Looking for an amazing Baked Beans recipe? Look no further, once you taste this recipe for Calico Beans, loaded with 3 kinds of beans, beef and bacon, you'll know why everyone called them the BEST baked beans!
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ pound bacon
- ½ cup diced onions
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 - 15 oz. cans pork and beans (undrained)
- 1 - 15 oz. can kidney beans (undrained)
- 1 - 15 oz. can butter beans (undrained)
- Preheat oven to 325*.
- In a large skillet, brown ground beef and bacon.
- Once meats are cooked, add onions and saute until tender.
- In a large bowl, stir together cooked meats and onions and remaining ingredients.
- Pour into a 9x13 baking dish and bake for about 1 ½ hours or until top is a little caramelized.
Keywords: calico beans, baked beans with bacon
This Calico Beans recipe was originally published in June 2015 and updated with new photos, video, and additional information in August 2019.