Mom’s Calico Beans

A family favorite recipe for Calico Beans mixed with a variety of beans, ground beef and bacon then tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce and baked until hot and bubbly.


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound good quality thick cut bacon (diced)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped)
  • 1 16 ounce can pork and beans, undrained
  • 1 15.5 ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15.5 ounce can lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15.5 ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook ground beef, bacon and onions in a large skillet over medium heat until beef is cooked and onions are tender, about 10 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and drain excess fat.
  4. Add beans and beef mixture in a 3 quart casserole dish.
  5. Stir in brown sugar, ketchup, salt, mustard, vinegar and pepper and gently until combined.
  6. Cook for about 40 minutes until hot and bubbly.