Last weekend was my second oldest daughter’s 17th birthday and for her birthday she wanted to have a cook-out at the park with friends and family. She was adamant that she wanted her dad’s famous BBQ ribs. As far as sides she wanted pasta salad, chips and dip and something else…but she wasn’t sure what that something else should be.
So I suggested that she let me make some calico beans.
“What are calico beans?” she asked
And I told her that they are sort of like BBQ beans or baked beans but not quite as sweet and more savory. But still…delicious.
And they were. Seriously they were a huge hit and I think I may have eaten 3 or 4 bowls of them myself.
There is a tad bit of prep work involved in that you will need to cook up some bacon and brown up some hamburger. Oh and chop an onion.
And then you just open up some cans, measure out some ketchup, brown sugar and seasonings and let it cook…low and slow all day.
The prep work isn’t too bad and the results are totally worth it.
These beans are sweet.
But not TOO sweet.
They are savory too and there is a hint of smokiness from the bacon. They are the perfect side dish for any summer cookout.
Calico beans go well with hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, steak and just about anything you can toss on the grill.
The name calico beans comes from the different colors of beans in the dish. I used some pork and beans (just your plain pork and beans and those are usually cooked from navy beans. Then we toss in some butter beans (which are dried lima beans, cooked…I detest lima beans but cooked butter beans are different, they have a nice texture) and then some red kidney beans. You can substitute other beans like pinto beans if you want.
Oh..and this is a great recipe to take to a potluck or get-together where you are asked to bring a dish.
You won’t be disappointed. I promise!
If you give this recipe a try, come on back and leave a comment below and let us know what you think!– Linked up at Simple Supper Tuesday & Two Cup Tuesday