Calico Baked Beans have bold flavors that will rise up and slap you silly! Four types of beans in a sweet and zesty sauce will make this dish a huge hit at your barbecue or family picnic.
Why Are They Called Calico Beans?
Calico is another word for 'many colors' and that's what you get when you combine all of these beans into one bowl. It's like a calico kaleidoscope of yumminess! Other names for this dish include cowboy beans or pork and beans. But, calico describes them perfectly.
What's Special About This Recipe?
I've learned over the years that Calico Baked Beans are the way to your honey's heart. My guy is crazy about them. The bold flavors make regular old baked beans shutter in fear! They're tangy, spicy, and sweet.
This recipe includes 4 different types of canned beans. That may seem like a lot, but the combination is amazing, especially when you add all of the seasonings to the mix. This recipe is so simple and quick to make, it's a cinch to throw together at the last minute.
- pork and beans - any flavor will do
- black beans - adds depth to the recipe
- white navy beans - adds contrast
- kidney beans - the heartiest bean
- brown sugar - gives the dish its sweetness
- green onions - provides mild onion flavor
- sweet red pepper - makes things a little sassy
- fresh cilantro - kicks things up a notch
- BBQ sauce - adds a zesty flavor
- yellow mustard - adds a savory bite
- stone ground mustard - gives this dish its 'zing'
- hot sauce - adds a little heat
- steak seasoning - the perfect seasoning for beans
Mix all ingredients together in the biggest casserole dish or pan you've got. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees until a light crust forms on top. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving. It's that simple!
This recipe can also be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot if you're in a hurry!
Can I Make Substitutions?
Be as creative as you like with these beans....that's part of the fun of making them. If you don't like an item, you can substitute other ingredients if preferred. Or, if you just want to make them with one type of bean, choose baked beans as the primary ingredient.
Some folks like to add meat to their beans, and if that's you, feel free to crumble up cooked ground beef or bacon into the beans before cooking.
Gather 'round the grill and serve these beans at your next get-together. But, beware, you'll be asked to bring them to every pot-luck dinner for the next 50 years!
More Picnic Side Dishes
If you love baked beans, try these other sides that go great alongside meat or poultry.
- Heirloom Tomato Salad
- Red Skin Potato Salad
- Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts
- Greasy Short Cut Beans
- Garden Spaghetti Salad
- Homestyle Mac and Cheese
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