Crock Pot Calico Beans
Crock Pot Calico Beans are a staple in our family and the recipe Barbara always uses comes from a local cookbook from the Shelby County (Indiana) Extension Homemakers Council in 1980.
These are always a hit at pitch-ins or potluck meals and are a great alternative to regular baked beans. Barbara often has requests for her Crock Pot Calico Beans when she is called to bring a dish to a meal or party. Fixing them in the slow cooker also means you can put it all together in the morning and they are ready by lunch!
Honestly, I think they can be the main dish of a meal with the ground beef AND bacon along with FOUR different kinds of beans! Be sure to drain the beans (except for the Pork and Beans) before adding them to the dish!
Barbara suggests using smoked, sliced jowl (hers always comes from Rihm Foods) instead of regular bacon for an extra layer of flavor – but regular bacon works just fine!
- ½ lb. bacon or jowl, cut into chunks
- 1 lb. ground beef
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 (16 oz.) can pork and beans
- 1 (15 oz.) can butter beans, drained
- 1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, drained
- 1 (15 oz.) can lima beans, drained
- Brown bacon, ground beef and onions in a pan; remove excess fat if desired.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Pour into a crock pot insert; cook on low for 4 hours or until warm.
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