calico beans

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By Kelly Zappanti
from Parker, CO

This is a family recipe that has been passed down to me. Everyone in the family loves it and its a spin off of regular chili. Its wonderful on those really cold winter days/nights.

serves 4-6
prep time 30 Min
cook time 2 Hr 30 Min
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For calico beans

  • 1/2 lb
    bacon crumbled or 1 pkg of soft bacon bits
  • 1 lb
    hamburger
  • 1 c
    chopped onion
  • 1 can
    kidney beans, canned
  • 1 can
    great northern beans
  • 1 can
    pork and beans
  • 1/2 c
    ketchup
  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 tsp
    white vinegar
  • 1 dash
    salt and pepper for taste

How To Make calico beans

  • 1
    Brown 1/2 lb of bacon, drain, cool and break up into pieces. If you don't want to use real bacon buy a 1 pkg of bacon bits and they work just good. Brown 1 lb of hamburger and 1 cup of chopped onion. Put those three ingredients into a slow cooker.
  • 2
    Add the kidney beans, northern beans, pork & beans, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, and salt & pepper to slow cooker. Salt and pepper is for taste so add more or less as needed for flavor.
  • 3
    Cook in slow cooker for 2-2 1/2 hours making sure juices are not too soupy.
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