Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Calico Beans



Some people call them Chuck Wagon Beans. I have also heard Cowboy Beans. Whichever name you prefer it means several kinds of beans, meat and a sweet tangy sauce.

Speaking of beans.....


I had a can of Bush's Grillin' Beans left over from grilling season. Since winter has all but officially started thanks to a major storm last weekend it wouldn't be grillin' season again for a while. So the grillin' beans found their way into the crock pot.
Great Northern beans would also work in this recipe, but I really like the Butter Beans. With their white color and larger size they are a nice contrast to the baked and kidney beans.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb of ground beef - I use lean
4-5 slices of bacon
1 onion
1 can baked beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can butter beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Fry bacon until crispy, drain on paper towel and cut into small pieces. Add hamburger to frying pan. Chop onion and add to hamburger and cook until hamburger is browned and onion is soft. Combine all ingredients. Place in casserole dish or crock pot.
Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour or put in crock pot for a least 3 hours on low.

I can't vouch for the oven baking method as I have always used the slow cooker for this recipe. The flavors melt together beautifully and the kitchen smells fabulous.

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