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Calico Beans – (Slow Cooker Recipe )


If you like chili or baked beans, you will enjoy this Calico Beans recipe.

It is very tasty and inviting on a cold winter day, or at a barbecue.

You will not be slaving over the stove mixing it endlessly, since once you are done with all the prep work, it cooks slowly on its own, in a slow cooker.

The smell of fried bacon, and barbecue sauce, playing games with everyone’s taste buds.

Calico Beans – (Slow Cooker Recipe )

Calico Beans – (Slow Cooker Recipe )


  • 1 lb. Bacon (pork or turkey)
  • 1 lb. Ground beef
  • 1 Onion - chopped
  • 1can Kidney Beans
  • 1can Baked Beans
  • 1can Great Northern Beans
  • 1cup Ketchup and smoky flavored Barbecue Sauce
  • 2Tbs. Brown Sugar
  • 1Tbs.White Vinegar


  1. Fry bacon in a frying pan.
  2. Remove fried bacon from pan, cool, break it apart, set aside.
  3. Remove most of the fat from the pan (or all of it, and use a little bit of oil).
  4. Add chopped onion and sauté it until golden.
  5. Add ground beef and simmer it until no longer pink.
  6. Fill a slow cooker vessel with all the beans, bacon, beef and the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste (may add more salt if needed after it is cooked).
  8. Cook covered on low for 3 hours, or on high for 1 1/2 hours.


This recipe resembles a mild chili dish, but with a more pronounced barbecue flavor.  Tastes great with a piece of freshly baked bread.



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