Calico Beans (Crock Pot) – Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

Calico beans recipe slow cooker

Looking for the perfect garnish? These clay pot calico beans are not only easy to make but also super tasty. We also love this as a dinner main course or also a big hit for summer barbecues or any gathering.

Calico slow cooker beans

These Calico beans are so good and easy to make. You can combine this recipe with just about anything for dinner! The flavors are smoky and the texture is so fleshy and thick that it makes it super filling and delicious.

Calico beans are

similar to cowboy beans, most likely because it is a meaty pot meal that has been enjoyed by the campfire for many years


What are calico beans? There is

one thing that all calico bean recipes have in common: a variety of colored beans. Most recipes call for pork and beans, beans, and light beans (such as butter, lime, or pinto). Just like cats have the same name, this one has a variety of colors.

Key ingredients you’ll need

ground beef:

I love using ground beef in this recipe, but you’re free to use other meats of your choice


Bacon: You can substitute turkey bacon or leave it out altogether if you wish


Onion: Adding onion to this recipe can make it have an extra texture and add a wonderful aroma.

Beans: Use cans of pork and beans, beans and butter beans for this recipe or any kind of your taste.

Ketchup: Ketchup will add a sweeter flavor to baked beans. I could eat this recipe every day!

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Brown sugar: Using this will add richness to baked beans and make them much sweeter.

Worcestershire: For that delicious smoky flavor to baked beans, use this sauce.

Vinegar: Using vinegar will add a bit of sour flavor to the recipe, but make it taste great.

How to make calico beans

Step 1. Place ground beef and bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat. Remove excess fat once cooked.

Step 2. Put cooked ground beef, bacon, diced onion, pork and beans, drained kidney beans and butter, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, vinegar and water in the slow cooker and mix to combine.

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Combining the ingredients.

Step 3. Put a little salt and pepper to taste and seal with a lid. Let the recipe cook for 4 hours over low heat making sure to stir only once.

Step 4. Serve and enjoy!

What to eat with baked baked beans cooker?

Some of my favorite things to eat with baked beans are hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, steak, pork, and other types of meats. You can have it as a side dish or add more meat to a meal’s recipe.

Calico Bean Making Tips and Tricks:

Here are some great tips and tricks for making the best baked beans:

  • If you don’t have ketchup
  • , you can use barbecue sauce as a substitute.

  • To add a touch of flavor, you can put some pepper or jalapeños
  • .

  • You can use your favorite types of beans for this recipe. Instead of kidney beans and butter, you can use cannellini, black beans, or pinto beans.
  • Another great meat to use instead of beef is breakfast sausage or smoked sausage.
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More side dishes:

Fried green beans

  • {Battered beer}
  • Baked fried green tomatoes with spicy ranchera root beer
  • Bacon Baked Beans Slow
  • cooker cowboy
  • beans

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