How to Make Meaty "Calico Beans"

by Rollie Brandt

Super easy. Hearty. Feeds a crowd. All you need is a crock pot. I dedicate this recipe to Joan, my "Cuz'" who originally shared it with me. Men especially love this!


  • 1 Pounds Ground Beef
  • ½ Pounds Bacon
  • ⅓ Pounds Polska or sausage optional
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • ½ Cups Diced Celery
  • 15 Ounces Can Wax Beans
  • 15 Ounces Can Butter Beans
  • 15 Ounces Can Garbanzo Beans
  • 15 Ounces Can Pinto Beans
  • 15 Ounces Can Black Beans
  • 15 Ounces Can Great Northern Beans
  • 15 Ounces Can Baked Beans
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Mustard
  • ½ Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dark Molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    You can certainly vary your beans. These are the ones I use most of the time. Note: my store sold a larger size can of Pinto Beans, but I'll use all of it and that'll be fine. It's not that precise.

    Step 2

    Fry bacon till crisp. Drain Brown ground beef with onion & celery. Drain. Set aside.

    Step 3

    I prepared my meats a week prior and just froze until the day I planned to prepare the bean recipe.

    Step 4

    A couple of tools you'll need... can opener and large slow cooker. This recipe is SO easy!

    Step 5

    Besides the onion & celery that was fried with the ground beef, I decided to slice up a little extra to mix in for more texture.

    Step 6

    Assemble misc small ingredients.

    Step 7

    Drain liquid from al beans EXCEPT Baked Beans.

    Step 8

    Lots of variety!

    Step 9

    Place the can of Baked Beans WITH its liquid into large mixing bowl while other beans drain.

    Step 10

    I measured vinegar, mustard, molasses, and Worcestershire sauce in small bowl to blend.

    Step 11

    To the baked beans, add meats, brown sugar, a cup of ketchup and other smaller ingredients.

    Step 12

    Gently mix well.

    Step 13

    Add remainder of drained beans and stir in.

    Step 14

    Place into your slow cooker.

    Step 15

    Makes 5 quarts.

    Step 16

    Heat on low 3-5 hours. Serves a crowd.

    Step 17

    Lots of color and flavor to feed a crowd.