Calico Beans with Bacon

Calico Beans are a classic side dish for any potluck.

May/June 2017

  • Calico beans with bacon is a savory side.
    Photo by Lori Dunn

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Recipe courtesy Lora Barlew. Original recipe found in Pennsylvania State Grange Cookbook.



• 1 pound ground beef
• 1/2 pound bacon, diced
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 1 cup ketchup
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1 teaspoon vinegar
• 2 cans (16 ounces each) pork and beans
• 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, drained
• 1 can (16 ounces) butter lima beans, drained
• 1 can (16 ounces) white northern beans, drained


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In large skillet over medium heat, cook beef, bacon, and onion until beef is browned, breaking into crumbles as it cooks. Drain excess grease.

3. In medium bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vinegar. Add beans and beef mixture, and mix well.

4. Transfer to 3-quart baking dish, and bake for about 45 minutes.

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