The BEST Calico Beans Recipe



Green Bell Pepper


Yellow Onion

Butter  Beans

Kidney Beans

Baked Beans

Step 1: Brown the Bacon

In a Dutch oven or skillet, brown the bacon, cooking it crisply.

Step 2: Add beans, onions and pepper with bacon

Sautee the peppers and onions, then add the beans and bacon back to the Dutch oven.

Step 3: Mix the Sauce

For the sauce, mix together the tomato sauce, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard, salt and pepper.

Step 4: Add sauce and simmer

To the bean and bacon mixture, and in the sauce and mix well to coat. Bring to a low simmer.

Slow Cooker Option: Heat for 2-3 Hours on Low

Bringing these beans to a cookout or potluck? Feel free to heat the beans in a slow cooker for 2-3 hours before serving.


Fantastic served with grilled BBQ chicken, pork chops, burgers, hot dogs and brats.

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