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These are great,my family just loves this as a side or a meal.This goes well with summer BBQ CALICO BEANS         Preheat oven to 350* 1/2 # Bacon chopped
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CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/29/2012 6:21 PM EDT
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These are great,my family just loves this as a side or a meal.This goes well with summer BBQ

CALICO BEANS         Preheat oven to 350*

1/2 # Bacon chopped
1 pound lean ground beef ( I used ground turkey)
1 large can baked beans (Such as Bush's or your favorite brand)
1-15 oz can kidney beans,drained
1-15 oz can lima beans,drained
1-15 oz can black beans,drained
1-15 oz can chick peas,drained (Garbanzo beans)
1 cup ketchup
1 cup brown sugar( packed)
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
3 Tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar
1 large onion chopped
1 cup chopped celery

Fry the bacon,drain.Brown the ground meat and onion until cooked.Add the celery and saute a few minutes
Put the ketchup,brown sugar,mustard and vinegar in a 4 quart covered casserole dish or dutch oven,mix well
Mix in all the beans,the meat ,bacon,onion and celery mixture.(I used my large bean pot)
Bake covered for one hour @350*

Note you can use any variety of canned legumes,make sure you have at least 5 different kinds to get the effect of calico,colorful.ENJOY !

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/29/2012 6:59 PM EDT
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I just made a scaled down version of this for dinner tonight.  Since it is just 2 of us now....
.. my friends daughter moved back homeCry
I used just baked beans and some butter beans.  Slow cooked them in my bean pot.  Gotta love a good bean pot!

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/29/2012 7:10 PM EDT
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Thank you Gale ..... Oh,Wink I wish you had posted this 48 hours earlier.  For a big dinner at church Sunday night I made my  (imitation) baked beans.  It would have been better tasting and looking if I had your calico beans.  This is sure what I'll use at our next dinner - I can't wait!

I also took my bean salad ........ all sorts of beans like green beans, yellow wax beans, garbanzoes, dark red and light red kidney beans, small slices of onion, small slices of red and green pepper.
The dressing is 1/2 cup salad oil, 2/3 cup wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp Worchester, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp salt, dash of pepper, 1 clove garlic split on a toothpick to remove after beans have marineated.

I wonder if anyone else has a bean recipe to share?

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/29/2012 9:41 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: CALICO BEANS:
Thank you Gale ..... Oh, I wish you had posted this 48 hours earlier.  For a big dinner at church Sunday night I made my  (imitation) baked beans.  It would have been better tasting and looking if I had your calico beans.  This is sure what I'll use at our next dinner - I can't wait! I also took my bean salad ........ all sorts of beans like green beans, yellow wax beans, garbanzoes, dark red and light red kidney beans, small slices of onion, small slices of red and green pepper. The dressing is 1/2 cup salad oil, 2/3 cup wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp Worchester, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp salt, dash of pepper, 1 clove garlic split on a toothpick to remove after beans have marineated. I wonder if anyone else has a bean recipe to share?
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy this sounds very good too! I'm keeping this recipe I love bean salad.I think the calico beans are great for a pot luck.You could even make this for a main course maybe with some nice corn bread made in a cast iron pan Oh Yummy!

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/29/2012 9:45 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: CALICO BEANS:
I just made a scaled down version of this for dinner tonight.  Since it is just 2 of us now.... .. my friends daughter moved back home I used just baked beans and some butter beans.  Slow cooked them in my bean pot.  Gotta love a good bean pot!
Posted by nikki p


Nikki,that is a good idea scaling down to just a couple of types of beans that works. There are no rules with beans they are all good and a great source of protein too.I was going to put butter beans in mine too but for some reason the store didn't have any.Oh well next time.

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/29/2012 10:18 PM EDT
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When I was shopping for my beans I could not find garbanzos  (I don't like them so have never bought any but this was for large group of people and I wanted them) ......more than a dozen sort of beans but no garbanzo.  Then a man working for the store asked me what I wanted and I said that I just learned they didn't have garbanzos.  He said, "Follow me.  We have two brands of garbanzo over here in the Mexican food section".  
Learn something new every day!
And I've never tried a butter bean ...... next time I'm shopping I'll buy that so it's on hand.

And Nikki -- actually cooking in a crock pot is another thing (sigh) that I've never done.  I have two pots - one medium size and one huge - that I use for carrying hot food around but never for cooking.  I have so much to learn.

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/30/2012 12:36 AM EDT
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Thanks for this recipe, Gale. I make a baked bean side dish, but have never tried calico beans. Looking forward to trying this.

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/30/2012 6:32 AM EDT
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Thanks for the great sounding recipe.

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posted at 5/30/2012 8:48 AM EDT
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they sound so good thank you

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/30/2012 9:59 AM EDT
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I love beans and have mixed them but not for quite a long time must do it again

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/30/2012 10:13 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: CALICO BEANS:
When I was shopping for my beans I could not find garbanzos  (I don't like them so have never bought any but this was for large group of people and I wanted them) ......more than a dozen sort of beans but no garbanzo.  Then a man working for the store asked me what I wanted and I said that I just learned they didn't have garbanzos.  He said, "Follow me.  We have two brands of garbanzo over here in the Mexican food section".   Learn something new every day! And I've never tried a butter bean ...... next time I'm shopping I'll buy that so it's on hand. And Nikki -- actually cooking in a crock pot is another thing (sigh) that I've never done.  I have two pots - one medium size and one huge - that I use for carrying hot food around but never for cooking.  I have so much to learn.
Posted by Nancy G


If you start with the cans of beans rather than the dry ones the recipe for the calico beans that Gale posted would be great in the slow cooker.  Figure you could start it early in the morning and it would be done by dinner.  If you have a lunch scheduled you could do it overnight but for some reason I think you would probably not want to leave the slow cooker on overnight. Few hours on high and it would be good.

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/30/2012 10:51 AM EDT
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Gale - Thanks for posting your recipe.  My Mom made a recipe very similar to this when I was in high school.  I think she made it at least twice a month and sometimes we wanted it more!

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/30/2012 12:15 PM EDT
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I just put this together the night before.I baked them @350 for an hour then shut the oven off and left them in the oven until it was time for dinner.This is what works for me,I don't have a crock pot but I'm kicking myself for getting rid of the one I had.The bean pot works well and the beans do retain their heat for some time.

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/30/2012 2:06 PM EDT
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In Response to CALICO BEANS:
These are great,my family just loves this as a side or a meal.This goes well with summer BBQ CALICO BEANS         Preheat oven to 350* 1/2 # Bacon chopped 1 pound lean ground beef ( I used ground turkey) 1 large can baked beans (Such as Bush's or your favorite brand) 1-15 oz can kidney beans,drained 1-15 oz can lima beans,drained 1-15 oz can black beans,drained 1-15 oz can chick peas,drained (Garbanzo beans) 1 cup ketchup 1 cup brown sugar( packed) 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard 3 Tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar 1 large onion chopped 1 cup chopped celery Fry the bacon,drain.Brown the ground meat and onion until cooked.Add the celery and saute a few minutes Put the ketchup,brown sugar,mustard and vinegar in a 4 quart covered casserole dish or dutch oven,mix well Mix in all the beans,the meat ,bacon,onion and celery mixture.(I used my large bean pot) Bake covered for one hour @350* Note you can use any variety of canned legumes,make sure you have at least 5 different kinds to get the effect of calico,colorful.ENJOY !
Posted by gale g

I use this a lot of the time for funeral dinners. It makes a lot and everyone enjoys it.

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/30/2012 4:01 PM EDT
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Oh, I want to try these for the next potluck!

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/30/2012 9:20 PM EDT
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Sounds good - maybe I'll try them this weekend!

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posted at 5/31/2012 9:40 AM EDT
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This recipe looks good.  I will try it soon.

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/31/2012 11:01 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: CALICO BEANS:
This recipe looks good.  I will try it soon.
Posted by Nancy J


Nancy J, welcome to VBB. Feel free to share any of your favorite recipes as well.  I'm always looking for interesting ones...particularly if they contain Chocolate !!

Re: CALICO BEANS

posted at 5/31/2012 11:41 AM EDT
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The first time I made a bean dish using all kinds of beans.....my family thought I had lost my mind.....BUT.....they ate every bit of it and now, it is the most requested for cookouts, etc.  I put in every bean that is available (I think!).

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