This Calico Beans recipe is perfect for juggling all your other to-dos. Your oven takes care of cooking a hearty, flavor-packed meal while you tackle that neglected pile of laundry (or dive into your DVR queue).
If you’ve ever seen a calico cat or wrapped up in a calico quilt, you know exactly what’s coming when I say “Calico Beans.”
This is my grandma’s Calico Beans recipe, one she used to make when she needed a hearty, easy supper that’s straight up good, old-fashioned comfort food. A little cornbread on the side, and we’d all go to bed in a happy, food-induced coma.
The dish gets its name from the variety of colorful beans used in it, mottled a bit from marrying in the oven, with a perfectly dialed in sweet and savory sauce.
It’s definitely more visually appealing than a traditional pot of baked beans and has a substantial meaty component to make it a perfect, one-dish meal.
Baked beans are an inexpensive and versatile side dish you’ll find on the menu of your favorite barbecue restaurant or on the table at your next backyard cookout. But forget the memories you have of mediocre, monochromatic beans with little after thoughts of pork chunks or green peppers floating in thin, overly sweet sauce.
This Calico Beans recipe is loaded with onions, beef and bacon, and a thick flavorful sauce that will warm you up just like that cozy quilt!