Virginia’s {Calico} Beans

My mom’s stepmother, Virgina, shared this recipe for Calico Beans with us many years ago. It’s the perfect side dish for neighborhood cookouts, picnics, family reunions, church potlucks, and more.


1/2 lb. bacon

1/2 lb. ground beef

1/2 cup chopped white onion

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup ketchup

1- 28oz can of Bush’s baked beans

1- 15oz can of butter beans

1- 15oz can of kidney beans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, brown the bacon, ground beef, and chopped onion. Drain. Pour into a 2 quart baking dish along with the sugar, ketchup, and 3 cans of beans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

This will be the dish that I take to any event this spring and summer that includes “bring a dish to share” on the invitation.


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