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Delicious Calico Baked Beans with Ground Beef and Bacon

This recipe for baked beans with ground beef and bacon is chock-full of hearty meats, beans, and a sweet sauce. It’s incredibly delicious and can be customized based on your favorite beans or what you have on hand.

Baked beans with ground beef and bacon in a casserole dish.

I’m a little particular when it comes to baked beans.

We come to love what we grow up eating, right? So of course my favorite baked bean recipe is my mom’s.

So I was a little hesitant when my husband volunteered to make these for my 29th birthday.

However, they were a crowd favorite! My kids gobbled them right up; even my baby!

Needless to say, I’ll be making these baked beans with ground beef and bacon very soon.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Try this oven baked beans recipe.

I love making baked beans because the prep work is pretty minimal (you’re opening cans and dumping them into a bowl), but you want to make sure you plan enough time for them to bake in the oven.

To start, you’ll COOK ½ lb bacon until crispy and once it’s cooled, BREAK it into small pieces.

While the bacon is cooking, BROWN 1 lb ground beef with 1 cup chopped onion.

After you cook the meats, COMBINE 30 oz pork & beans; 30 oz kidney beans, drained; 15 oz garbanzo, lima, or black beans, drained; 1 cup ketchup; 1 cup brown sugar; 1 tablespoon white vinegar; 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon liquid smoke and MIX well. 

POUR the beans into a 9 x 13 pan and BAKE at 325º for 90 minutes.

FAQ’s

What meat goes with baked beans?

These baked beans with ground beef and bacon will go great with any meat like:

Grilled Chicken
Steak
Hamburgers
Hotdogs
Pulled Pork
Brisket

Basically, any meat or food you’d plan to serve at a BBQ or picnic!

What do you eat with baked beans?

Here are some of my favorite foods to serve with baked beans:

BLT salad with avocado, tri color pasta salad, potato salad, corn on the cob, my favorite zucchini and yellow squash casserole, grilled balsamic bruschetta chicken, grilled sausage kabobs, easy cheesy drop biscuits, and fruit and veggies with dip.

The sky is the limit!

Baked beans are the perfect dish for summer cookouts and beyond!

What is baked bean sauce made of?

That depends on the recipe.

I like to use a BBQ sauce base which can come from a bottle or homemade like this recipe. British style baked beans traditionally have a thin tomato sauce as the base.

Most, American-style baked beans will have a sauce with ingredients like: brown sugar, molasses, ketchup, oil, vinegar, honey, liquid smoke and other similar components.

Are baked beans healthy?

Baked beans can have lots of individually healthy ingredients with great nutritional value, but the dish isn’t considered light or especially good for you.

Like everything, enjoy this dish in moderation and you’ll be just fine!

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Calico baked beans on a wooden spoon.

Make sure the bacon is crispy when you take it off the heat. If it’s not cooked through it will be very chewy in the beans.

We used ground turkey in the is recipe instead of ground beef to save some fat and calories. You’ll find that I swap ground beef for ground turkey in almost every beef dish I make.

I’m not a big fan of onions, so we opted to use onion powder. You could also use minced onion. I never measure when I substitute the dried version, I just shake it on the dish until I can smell the flavor.

This recipe calls for several different beans, but you can use your favorites. We used black beans this time, but my husband said he likes it best with garbanzo.

We also didn’t have liquid smoke on hand, so we left it out and the baked beans were still delicious.

The top of the beans had become a little hard while cooking, so give this dish a good stir before serving to break everything up.

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Calico baked beans on a wooden spoon.

Calico Baked Beans with Ground Beef and Bacon

Yield: 12-16
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

These delicious baked beans are easy to prepare and make the perfect side dish for your next barbeque.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans pork & beans
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo, lima, or black beans, drained
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cook bacon until crispy.
  3. While bacon is cooking, brown ground beef with chopped onion.
  4. Drain beef and pour into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Crumble bacon into small pieces and add to bowl.
  6. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour into a 9x13 baking dish.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Notes

Beans may need to stirred after baking to re-distribute sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 881mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 9gSugar: 18gProtein: 23g
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