baked beans in a green dish

Calico Baked Beans

Calico Baked Beans have bold flavors that will wake you up and slap you silly! They’re perfect for your picnics and celebrations.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

I love everything about these beans. They’re tangy, spicy, and sweet. I’ve learned over the years that they’re the way to your honey’s heart. My guy is crazy about them. The flavors make regular old baked beans shutter in fear.

Calico Baked Beans have 4 different types of canned beans in them! That may seem like a lot, but the combination is to die for, especially when you add all of the seasonings to the mix. This recipe is so simple and quick to make, you’ll be happy to throw it together at the last minute.

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.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • baked beans
  • black beans
  • white navy beans
  • kidney beans
  • brown sugar
  • green onions
  • sweet red pepper
  • fresh cilantro
  • BBQ sauce
  • yellow mustard
  • stone ground mustard
  • hot sauce
  • steak seasoning

How to Make Calico Baked 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!

Can I Make Substitutions?

You can 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 the baked beans as the primary ingredient.

Serving Suggestions

Down south, we like to serve Calico Baked Beans with a side of BBQ Ribs or Pulled Pork. They go great alongside Potato Salad too.

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.

More Side Dishes to Try

If you love baked beans, try these other sides that go great alongside meat or poultry…

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baked beans in a green dish

Calico Baked Beans

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Four kinds of beans in a sweet and zesty sauce will make this beloved dish the hit of your summer picnics!



  • 1 can (15 oz) baked beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) white navy beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, undrained
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup zesty BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. stone ground mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce (if you like it hot)
  • 1/2 tsp steak seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in the biggest casserole dish or pan you’ve got.
  3. Bake for 1 hour until a light crust forms on top.
  4. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving.


If you like meat in your baked beans, add 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon before cooking.

  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: baked beans, southern, side dishes, picnic, calico beans, BBQ, vegetarian

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  1. dorrisey

    This looks easy enough for me to make. Looks delicious too. I think I’ll try it.

  2. Love these baked beans so much!

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