Calico Beans Recipe

My mom is the special person who introduced me to this Calico Bean recipe. She made them for one of our family gatherings and my husband loved them, as well as everyone else. So when we were going to a cookout at a friends house and I was trying to decide what to bring, he suggested I make calico beans to bring. I thought that was a good idea to go along with the burgers, brats and hot dogs.

What special ingredient you will need:

They are kind like a meal in themselves. With the ground beef, bacon and beans, a person could just eat these, but of course we didn’t.

Penzeys BBQ 3001

One of the key ingredients is the Penzeys BBQ 3001 spice. It certainly adds a flavor that would be missing if it was left out. In fact, this recipe came from one of their magazines.


I got to work chopping the onions, browning the ground beef and frying the bacon. While that was cooking I mixed up the sauce and got the cans of beans out of the pantry.

It really is a fairly easy recipe and after the meat and bacon are cooked, all you have to do is mix everything together and either put it in the oven or in a crock pot. I decided on the crock pot since we were taking them to someone else’s house, and it worked out great.

These Calico Beans can be put together the day before and then heated up.  Once refrigerated overnight, it takes a few hours for the beans to heat up all the way through.  So allow enough time if putting in a crockpot.

Calico Bean Recipe

If you are going to put them in the oven, it would be at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes in a 2-3 quart baking dish.


Shortcut Idea:

Real Crumbled Bacon

Another shortcut that I used was instead of frying the bacon and crumbling it, I used Real Crumbled Bacon that I got at Sam’s Club and just fried it a bit before adding it to the mixture. It didn’t take as long or make a mess.


½ to 1 lb. of ground beef

½ lb. of bacon – cooked up

Medium onion chopped

16 ounce can of baked beans

The three types of beans to use

1 can of small butter beans

1 can of Bush’s Bourbon and Brown Sugar Grillin’ Beans

1 ½ Cup of ketchup

1 tsp of salt

4 tsp. Mustard powder

2 tsp. of Penzeys BBQ 3001

4 tsp. Regular vinegar

The ingredients for the sauce

½ C. brown sugar


You will notice in the picture that I use some spices from our local Amish store, that is why the mustard powder isn’t recognizable, and the salt is in a bag.


So whether it is for a holiday family gathering or an evening in the backyard playing lawn games with friends, this recipe is sure to be hit.





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