Calico Beans Recipe

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Calico Beans
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  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 (16 oz) can pork and beans or 1 (16 oz) can vegetarian baked beans
  • 1 (16 oz) can kidney beans
  • 1 (16 oz) can lima beans


  1. Cook bacon in skillet until crisp, then crumble and set aside.
  2. Cook beef in skillet until no pink remains. Add onion, sauté just until tender.
  3. Combine beef, onion, ketchup, salt, brown sugar, mustard and vinegar in a 3 qt baking dish or crock pot. Partially drain all the beans (I don’t drain the baked beans) and add to the baking dish or crock pot, stirring gently to mix. Sprinkle with bacon.
  4. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes or cook in crock pot until heated through.
  5. For vegetarian version just sauté onion and add to bean mixture. If using dry tofu crumbles it isn’t necessary to rehydrate them first, I just stir them into the mixture. It may require addition of water to the mixture if it gets too thick, I just play it by ear. When using frozen crumbles or gimme lean ground “beef” I heat it up in the pan with the onion before adding to the bean mixture.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 250.47 Kcal (1049 kJ)
Calories from fat 122.54 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.62g 21%
Cholesterol 25.46mg 8%
Sodium 462.12mg 19%
Potassium 159.74mg 3%
Total Carbs 24.79g 8%
Sugars 16.8g 67%
Dietary Fiber 0.96g 4%
Protein 7.64g 15%
Vitamin C 3.3mg 6%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Calcium 26.8mg 3%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 289.86 Kcal (1214 kJ)
Calories from fat 141.81 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.76g 21%
Cholesterol 29.46mg 8%
Sodium 534.8mg 19%
Potassium 184.86mg 3%
Total Carbs 28.68g 8%
Sugars 19.45g 67%
Dietary Fiber 1.11g 4%
Protein 8.84g 15%
Vitamin C 3.9mg 6%
Iron 1.1mg 5%
Calcium 31mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 6
  • 7

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

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