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