Delicious and Hearty Calico Beans with Beef and Bacon

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Delicious and Hearty Calico Beans with Beef and Bacon
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
60 mins
Total Time:
80mins
Category:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on February 12, 2024

Calico Beans with Beef and Bacon is a mouthwatering recipe that combines different types of beans, ground beef, and bacon in a rich and flavorful sauce. This dish is perfect for a cozy family dinner or a crowd-pleasing potluck. It's easy to make and packed with protein and fiber. The combination of flavors from the beans, beef, and bacon creates a deliciously complex taste that will have everyone coming back for more.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) baked beans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Drain the excess fat and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, cook the chopped bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet and drain on paper towels. Leave about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the skillet.
  3. Add the diced onion, diced bell pepper, and minced garlic to the skillet with the remaining bacon grease. Cook until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Add the cooked ground beef, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, baked beans, tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir well to combine.
  5. Simmer the mixture over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve the Calico Beans with Beef and Bacon hot, garnished with the crispy bacon. Enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Calico beans got their name because of the mix of different colors and shapes of beans in the dish.
  • This recipe can be easily adapted to include your favorite types of beans or add extra vegetables for more variety.
  • Leftovers of Calico Beans with Beef and Bacon can be frozen and reheated for later enjoyment.