A bowl of Slow Cooker Calico Beans sitting on a napkin with a spoon.

Slow Cooker Calico Beans

A variety of colorful beans slow simmered in a sweet and tangy sauce with ground beef and bacon.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beans, ground beef, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 6 strips bacon diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 15 ounce can pork and beans
  • 1 15 ounce can butter beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 ounce can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized skillet, fry the bacon until crisp. Then add the ground beef, onion and green pepper and cook until the ground beef is well browned. Drain off the fat and add the meat mixture to a 4-6 quart slow cooker.

  2. Add the undrained pork and beans to the slow cooker along with the rest of the drained and rinsed beans. 

  3. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and liquid smoke. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Recipe Notes

To make these beans on the stove top, simply prepare in the same way, adding the ingredients instead to a large pot and simmering for 25-30 minutes.