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Calico Bean Bake

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Calico Bean Bake

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  • Makes: 12 to 14 servings
  • Prep 15 mins
  • Bake 45 mins to 50 mins

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This recipe blurs the line between baked beans and chili. It's great for feeding a crowd.


  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 16 - ounce can pork and beans in tomato sauce, undrained
  • 1 16 - ounce can lima beans or a 15-1/2-ounce can butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 - 16 - ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef, bacon and onion, stirring occasionally, until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain off the fat.
  2. In a 3-quart casserole, combine the three beans, brown sugar, the water, ketchup, vinegar and mustard. Stir in meat mixture until well combined.
  3. Bake, covered in a 350 degrees oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

(Calico Bean Bake)

Servings Per Recipe 12, sugar (g) 19, pro. (g) 17, calcium (mg) 61, vit. A (IU) 195, iron (mg) 3, vit. C (mg) 6, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 3, Niacin (mg) 4, carb. (g) 36, cal. (kcal) 291, Potassium (mg) 464, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, Monosaturated fat (g) 4, sodium (mg) 766, Folate (µg) 17, fiber (g) 5, Fat, total (g) 10, chol. (mg) 35, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0

Comments (2)

ladonnebourbeau wrote:
Isn't this a recipe from Cyndy Salzmann's book Occasional Cook? It appears to me that she needs to get credit here somewhere!
crichton1 wrote:
From Midwest Living: This recipe was first published in Midwest Living in August 1997 and was credited to Linda Taylor of West Des Moines. It's been a longtime reader favorite!

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