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.
Calico Baked Beans
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
Pour bean mixture into a 9×13 baking dish
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 45 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for additional 10 minutes. And serve!
- ½-1 pound ground beef depending on how meaty you want it
- 1 small 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
- 1 16 oz can 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.
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Begin browning 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. Then pour mixture into a 9x13 baking dish.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.
- Then remove foil and bake for additional 5-10 minutes.