Calico Beans

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Calico Beans - A perfect side dish for family dinner or summer bbq! #CansGetYouCooking

My mother-in-law has some signature dishes she makes for different occasions. Over Easter we had a fun Easter egg hunt with the grandkids then came inside for pulled pork sandwiches and what could very well be my brother-in-law’s favorite food ever: Calico Beans. In his words, “I’ll just take the pot in the corner and have this for lunch.”

The Cans Get You Cooking campaign is all about using canned foods to feed your family healthy and flavorful meals. This recipe goes so perfectly with that! Calico Beans are a perfect side dish option for family dinner, a summer bbq, or anytime you’re craving them. And you’re going to love how easy it is to make these beans. Almost all the ingredients come from a can, which means less prep and you can make them all year round.

Calico Beans - A perfect side dish for family dinner or summer bbq! #CansGetYouCookingAnother thing I love about this recipe is all the goodness inside and my kids have no idea. Usually green things mean gross, but they LOVE these beans. They’re loaded with fiber and quality ingredients, like Del Monte Green Lima Beans and S&W Kidney Beans. And both of these beans add great color to the dish.

Calico Beans - A perfect side dish for family dinner or summer bbq! #CansGetYouCooking

As the weather slowly starts to warm, you’re going to want to have a bbq and make these beans. So keep this recipe in your “cantry” and make it as soon as you can!

Calico Beans - A perfect side dish for family dinner or summer bbq! #CansGetYouCooking

Calico Beans

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 1/2 c. onion, diced
  • 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 (28oz) can pork and beans
  • 1 (15oz) can kidney beans
  • 1 (15oz) can baby green lima beans

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon in a saute pan. Drain grease and add ground beef to the same pan; cook and set aside. Do not drain.
  2. In a large pot, add onion, ketchup, brown sugar, salt, mustard, vinegar, and all beans. Combine well and place in the oven.
  3. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes uncovered, or until heated through.
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Have you tried utilizing Cantry Thursdays in your meal planning? By the time Thursdays roll around, most of your groceries have been used or have spoiled. And you’re just plain tired from the long week. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen. The solution is in your Cantry. You can make a nutritious and quick meal for your family thanks to the canned foods in your pantry. Give it a try! We had Cantry Thursday this last Thursday night and I made Taco Soup. It was great!

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Comments

  1. says

    I had these years ago at a picnic but never got the recipe. Have thought about them through the years and am so happy I can now make them. Thank you so much!

    • Alli says

      Awesome, Barb! Thanks so much for your comment. I’m glad you’re going to be able to make them now!