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Dumping Dinner: Calico Beans

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Start with a variety of beans.

The first BBQ weekend of the summer is here and so I thought you might like and easy side dish to add to what is going on the grill. Marie, my daughter’s mother-in-law, has a version of Calico Beans that is much sought after at family gatherings and her pot usually goes home empty.

I actually grew up with a similar recipe. It was an easy week night meal that Mom could throw together in a flash. Like many of the recipes found on the internet, she used pork and beans. She cooked up onions and ground beef, then added the beans along with the catsup, mustard, and brown sugar and simmered everything a bit. I still make it occasionally when I want a taste from childhood.


Calico Beans

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces bacon, diced. You can use precooked if you like.
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans white beans, any variety [See notes]
  • 1 14.5 ounce black beans
  • 1 14.5 ounce kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Cook bacon until medium.
  2. Stir in onions and cook until soft.
  3. Add ground beef. Cook until no longer pink.
  4. Dump bacon, onion, ground beef mixture in crock pot. Dump in the rest of the ingredients. Give it a stir.
  5. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  6. Enjoy!

These beans can be put together in a freezer bag to make later. Just leave the ground beef in a chunk and break up after cooking in the crock pot. Omit the bacon. It can be added later in the cooking process. When ready to cook, dump in crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.

Notes:

  • This recipe can be made on the stove top from start to finish or poured in a casserole dish and baked for an hour or so, until bubbly and brown around the edges. Yum.
  • You can use any combination of beans that suits you.
  • I did not have a full 1/2 cup catsup so I used some mild salsa for the rest.

 

 

Author:

Patty Schell will tell you she’s been writing since she could spell and string words together, but it hasn’t been until recent years she has been able to make it a regular practice. Her role as women’s leader in her local church provided a platform to teach, blog, and now, write. Her latest project, Living NOW series is one that was born from a desire to encourage the women she was teaching to know God through His Word, giving them a practical way to study the Bible for themselves. At present, Patty is a contributor to a variety of web-based publications including Refresh Magazine, Broken but Priceless Magazine, Life Letter Café, and SoCal Voice. In addition, she connects with her readers with regular posts on her two blogs, Girl on Adventure: Embracing the Journey Called Life and The Party’s in the Kitchen: Cooking Up Good Times in the Heart of the Home. Much of Patty’s writing is inspired by the full life she leads alongside her family and friends. She constantly looks for good reasons to gather people together, loves serving her community, and enjoys getting to know new places and cultures. Through these activities and others in life, God reveals His stories of faith, hope and love, and Patty means to tell others about them every chance she gets.

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