{crockpot}Calico beans

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Beans are kind of my jam. I love beans. Any kind really: green, pinto, refried, black, navy, baked: but these calico beans are my all-time favorite. I know some people have sour feelings towards beans because of well you know I’m sure. But those magical fruits are really healthy, protein packed, have only the same amount of calories as meat, are loaded with fiber, and (ahem) get digested rather quickly.

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They are a great dish to make for a gathering because they are so simple to make and everyone loves them! A few weeks ago I made these calico beans for a get together, and at least 5 people asked me for the recipe! I am telling you, everyone will love them. And for whatever reason people think these beans are way more complicated to make than they actually are. When I tell people the recipe they can’t believe how few ingredients are in the beans and how easy they are to make. Anybody can whip these up. These beans make you look good. You know like you actually know what you are doing in the kitchen, but you really dont. The only problem is I could eat the whole crockpot full of them, I just can’t stop. The good news is that they are better the next day warmed up in the oven.

  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can baked beans
  • 1 can pork and beans
  • 1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can great white northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 lb maple bacon
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 large onion, diced
  1. Fry ground beef and onion, drain.
  2. Put meat and onion mixture on medium heat in a large crock pot.
  3. Fry bacon. When it cools crumble on top of meat mixture in crockpot.
  4. While bacon is cooking, dumb all the beans in the crockpot and stir.
  5. Add ketchup and barbecue sauce and continue to stir.
  6. Let the beans cook on medium for at least 3 hours but up to 6.
  7. An hour before serving take the crockpot out of the warmer and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.