5 from 1 vote
Mom's Calico Beans
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Tasty and healthy Calico Beans just like mom used to make! But um, with way less sugar and more healthy ingredients. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ or potluck side dish, Calico beans, crockpot baked beans
Servings: 15
Calories: 143 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
Slow Cooker:
  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook the ground sausage or hamburger on medium heat until done.

  2. Remove from pan and place in the slow cooker. Drain any grease.

  3. Cook the bacon in the same pan until crispy. Remove from pan and place in the slow cooker. Drain all but 1 tsp grease.

  4. Cook the onions on medium until soft, about 5 minutes. Place in slow cooker.

  5. Add all the other ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine.

  6. Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or 3-4 on low.

Oven:
  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook the ground sausage or hamburger on medium heat until done.

  2. Remove from pan and place in a large mixing bowl. Drain any grease.

  3. Cook the bacon in the same pan until crispy. Remove from pan and place in the bowl. Drain all but 1 tsp grease.

  4. Cook the onions on medium until soft, about 5 minutes. Place in bowl.

  5. Add all the other ingredients and stir to combine.

  6. Pour into a 9x13 casserole dish and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Instant Pot:
  1. Turn the Instant Pot to Saute and add the ground sausage. Cook until done.

  2. Remove from Instant Pot and set aside. Drain any grease.

  3. Cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and place with the sausage. Drain all but 1 tsp grease.

  4. Cook the onions on medium until soft, about 5 minutes. Place in bowl.

  5. Add all the other ingredients and stir to combine.

  6. Cook on saute for 15 minutes, stirring often.

Recipe Notes

If you want to use canned beans use 1 15 oz can for each type of bean.

 

If you make the beans ahead of time store them in the fridge if they'll need to sit out longer than a few hours.

 

Technically you could cook the bacon and ground sausage/beef together, but I find the bacon doesn't get crispy enough when doing it like that.

 

Beans made ahead of time may seem like they're so soft when you add them with the rest of the ingredients. It's going to be fine and you won't crush them. They're hearty little fart bombs.

 

Want to make this vegetarian? Leave out the sausage/burger, bacon, Worcestershire, and chicken stock. Replace with veggie stock and increase each type of bean by 2 tbsp.

 

To make it vegan, also leave out the brown sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Calico Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 255mg11%
Potassium 405mg12%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.