All-Time favorite calico beans are a delicious combination of 3 different beans cooked in a tangy sauce.

Three white bowls filled with calico beans sitting on a white weathered board with a white dishcloth and 3 spoons.

Summer cookout season is right around the corner, and I can’t wait! My family looks forward to getting outdoors and enjoying time around a bonfire right in our backyard. These calico beans {other baked beans} are just the ticket for summer occasions.

Three bowls of calico beans in white bowls sitting on a white weathered wooden board.

Outdoor Get-togethers

This recipe is a great dish to make and serve at any outdoor gathering whether it be a cookout, picnic or a potluck. When you bring calico beans to the table, they are always a hit.

A bowl of calico beans sitting on a pretty dishcloth on a white weathered wooden board

Three beans:

  • Kidney Beans
  • Lima Beans (baby)
  • Pork and Beans

Calico Beans are super quick and simple to prepare. You can enjoy them as a side dish or as a stand-alone meal. The addition of ground beef and bacon makes these beans hearty enough to be a main dish. They are great paired with a tossed salad and cornbread.

Packed with three different beans in a tasty sweet and tangy sauce making them a delicious dish perfect for any gathering.

NOTE: I’ve substituted ground turkey in place of the ground beef to create a healthier version without losing any flavor in the slightest.

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A bowl of calico beans sitting on a pretty dishcloth on a white weathered wooden board.

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A bowl of calico beans sitting on a pretty dishcloth on a white wooden board

Calico Beans

Serving Up Southern


  • 2 pound hamburger, or ground turkey
  • 1/2 – 3/4 pound bacon
  • 2 15 oz. can pork and beans
  • 2 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 2 15 oz. can lima beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3-4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt


  • Fry bacon and drain
  • Fry hamburger with onion, drain
  • Combine all ingredients
  • Choose either of these 3 methods for cooking:

    -Simmer 1 hour on burner

    -Cook in slow cooker for 4-6 hours

    -Bake at  200°F for 1.5 hours

Disclaimer: Nutritional values (per serving) are approximates only and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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  1. These sound so good and perfect for upcoming summer meals.

    1. Thanks, Paula! They do make a great dish for summer occasions.
      BTW – We were out at the Smith Mountain Lake Dam today – long story. We had never been to that end of the lake before. Something else took us that way, so we figured we might as well drive the extra two miles and check it out.

  2. I never heard of this recipe but will definitely have to give it a try! Thanks so much! Hugs!

  3. This looks so yummy! Having the meats would def make this a an easy meal :). I just made a PrepDish 3-bean cold salad with a greek dressing that was yummy. Who knew all those beans were so good together! Pinned!!

    1. Hey Cindy! Yes, it can definitely hold it’s own as a main dish. Your PrepDish sounds yummy too! That is something I have wanted to start doing but have yet to do so. Thanks for the pin!

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