Calico Baked Beans

Callin’ all Cowboys and Cowgirls…
You gotta’ favorite recipe for baked beans? Here’s one we like to take to barbecues, picnics and tailgate parties. Traditional Boston baked beans are flavored with lots of molasses, slow cooked until thick and delicious.
Calico Baked Beans
will WOW everyone at your get-together with a Western twist. At a recent party, we served this along steak and so I omitted the ground beef. Try it with a little country sausage for a change of pace. Regardless, it’s sure to please!

Calico Baked Beans
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut up
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 can each of the following
  • 32 ounce pork and beans, undrained
  • 16 ounce kidney beans, drained
  • 16 ounce lima beans, drained
  • 16 ounce pinto beans, drained
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown together beef, bacon and veggies. Drain fat and place in baking dish. Add remaining ingredients and bake for 40 minutes. Serves 8-10.

Happy BBQing all!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    These sound great, I’m a big fan of baked beans-actually beans of any sort! I make then from dry in my pressure cooker these days, always a fun project.

  2. Nancy

    I have had calico beans before and I like the taste, but I am not a hamburger girl at all. What a great idea to omit the hamburger! I never thought about that. I guess I thought the dish wouldn’t come together without it! I will be trying your recipe without the hamburger soon.

  3. Carol at Serendipity

    I make something very similar! Never a single bean left.

    Have a wonderful week.


  4. Erin@likegrandmas

    I am SO happy that I found your blog!! I can’t wait to make these and the lemon blueberry cake!

  5. Diane

    Oh my this looks yummy! Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try this.

    Thanks for visiting me over at Pittypat Paperie and leaving a nice comment. Come again anytime.

  6. Debbie

    I literally got a taste in my mouth for baked beans as I read this. I know that most people think of beans as a summer/grilling side dish favorite, but for ME they speak of autumn and all the trimming that goes with my favorite season of the year.

    I will be sure to try your calico beans!

  7. Julie Harward

    Hi sweet friend, I have missed you! I love your recipe, much like mine, I like to add pineapple to mine too! Thanks for your visit! 😀

  8. Julie

    I am always looking for a new twist on a traditional recipe. I am having a BBQ next weekend and was thinking about baked beans. Thanks for helping me out with this recipe.

  9. Erin Wallace

    These look wonderful! I’ve never made homemade baked beans – Bush’s are so good.

    xo erin

  10. Melinda

    I love the addition of bacon and adding the 3 different kinds of beans! I wonder if you could cook it in the crockpot – but then you might lose some of the yummy roasted flavor. Hmmm…

  11. KatiePerk

    These look fabulous and Tailgate perfect! Thanks

  12. Heather Bredimus

    Hi! I found your site off of Today’s Creative Blog! I love your craft! It looks absolutely delicious! I just signed up to be your 219th follower! Woo hoo! I hope you stop by my new blog. I just started it 2 months ago and would love new friends! Please come see me at


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