The Country Cook: Cowboy Calico Baked Beans

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cowboy Calico Baked Beans

I'm not sure if many of you know, but we actually called Texas home for a couple of years. My husband was in the Navy at the time and we were stationed in Fort Worth. We really enjoyed Texas.  It was so different from Virginia and had a beauty all it's own. We really do live in a beautiful country y'all. One of the things I fell in love with in Texas was the ranches. Alright, I'll admit I absolutely loved the food but the ranches really captivated me. We lived right next door to a ranch. That's the thing about Texas - you are always within spitting distance of a ranch. Oh and pickup trucks. You've never seen more pick up trucks in your life until you go to Texas! Alex would love to walk up to the rancher's fences and watch all that was going on over there during the day. Ranchers work hard from sun up to sun down and there is always something to be done. This was a recipe I learned while living there. It's a hearty and filling bean recipe that is really a whole meal. Just serve with some cornbread!
I'm pretty sure I missed my calling as a ranch cook. There's nothing I love more than to feed hardworking folks. 
1/2-1 pound ground beef (depending on how meaty you like it)
1 cup onion, diced
1/2 lb. bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
3 (16 oz.) cans baked beans in sauce, do not drain
2 (16 oz.) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 (16 oz.) cans northern beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
2 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. table salt
1 tsp. dry mustard powder

If you haven't done so already, rinse your pinto and northern beans using a colander. You can use dried beans for this. Just make sure you soak them overnight before using.

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Begin browning your ground beef in a medium pan over medium heat. Add in diced onion and garlic. Cook beef until brown and crumbled and onion is translucent.

 Drain excess fat from cooked ground beef.

 In a large bowl, combine ground beef mixture, cans of baked beans, rinsed pinto and

 northern beans, crumbled bacon, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, salt and dry mustard. Stir well.

 Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Pour in your bean mixture

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 45 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for additional 10 minutes.
And serve!



  1. Would this recipe work in a crockpot?

  2. It looks wonderful, I think a can of diced tomatoes would be good in it also! I love the idea of the crock pot!

  3. Yum! This looks really delicious! And your boy is so adorable!

  4. Any dish that has "Cowboy" in it is going to be good!

  5. Calico Beans are my family's go-to potluck dish, we love them! Have you ever tried it with maple bacon? It's our secret ingredient. ;)

  6. This recipe looks fantastic. I cannot wait to make this. The family will love it.

  7. Your dish looks so good. My husband makes a similar dish in the crock pot, which is great for a crowd of people, and so flavorful, like yours.

    Alex is such a cute cowboy!

  8. YUM! Those beans are beautiful and Alex and his costume are adorable! Thanks for sharing your fun story always make me giggle. Love ya Gal! XO

  9. I make Calico Beans and put all ingredients into the crock pot and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours... they turn out delicious every time.

  10. Would just baked beans, in different flavors, work okay? My boyfriend and I are a tad picky but this sounds so good!

  11. What would go good with these?

  12. Totally making these, Subscribed and subscribed again, so that even without Buzz, I won't miss a post! I would love it if you would follow me too!

  13. I have done this recipe forever. I do add some maple syrup besides what you use in the recipe. I also use Randall's mixed beans in a jar if you can find them. I do them in a crock pot either started the night before or early in the day so they have enough time to get all those good juices going. This is the first time I have seen them called Calico beans as I have always called them. They are a meal in their selves and too die for! <3


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