Calico Bean Casserole

calico bean casseroleI am really surprised by the number of dishes that are commonplace here in Minnesota that others have never heard of before.  Case in point?  Calico Bean .  When I first posted about Calico Beans on the Mommysavers Frugal Moms Forum, most of the moms had never heard of it before.  Growing up, it was a staple at just about every potluck or neighborhood block party I attended.  It’s in just about every church cookbook I own.

Some people like their Calico Bean Casserole a bit more soupy, but to me it’s best when the juices have been absorbed into the beans and the sauce thickens (as pictured above).

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Calico Bean Casserole

1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 large (21-oz.) can baked beans (pork and beans)
1 16-oz. can light kidney beans
1 16-oz. can butter beans, rinsed and drained
1 16-oz. can lima beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 C. brown sugar
2/3 C. ketchup
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (sometimes I add more.  I like the tanginess)
1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
salt and pepper to taste

In a skillet, brown the hamburger with the onion.  Drain fat.  Combine all ingredients in a large (covered) casserole dish and bake for about 45 minutes at 325 degrees.  Remove the cover and continue baking until the sauce is the desired consistency.

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