A friend, from our old neck of the woods, served these beans at our small group one evening. As soon as I tasted them I set out on a new mission to get the recipe. Lucky for me (and y’all) she (thanks, Brenda) was more than happy to share. Mmmm, these beans are good. Don’t get me wrong here…I love traditional baked beans, and I’m all for tradition, but c’mon we’ve gotta change it up every once in a while. Seriously, these calico beans are worthy of every connoisseurs attention at least once in their lives.
This recipe is super quick and simple to prepare. Loaded with healthy beans and a tasty balance of sweet and tangy, it makes a perfect dish for the family, even the young at heart will eat their beans. I’ve substituted ground turkey in place of the ground beef to create a somewhat healthier version without losing any flavor in the slightest.
These delicious Calico Beansare a great crowd-pleasing side dish at picnics, and cookouts. However, they can very much stand alone – they’ve graced our table with a salad and some good bread during the winter months. This dish can be quite the meal in itself.
- 1 15 ounce can pork and beans
- 1 15 ounce can kidney beans
- 1 15 ounce can lima beans
- 1/4-1/2 pound bacon
- 1 pound hamburger, or ground turkey
- 1 medium onion
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Drain beans, reserving liquid. Brown bacon, hamburger, and onion; drain grease. Combine beans with hamburger mixture. Combine remaining ingredients and stir into beans. If mixture seems too dry add some of the reserved bean liquid. Pour into a 9x9 pan and bake at 350 for about an hour.
Recipe by Serving Up Southern
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