Lisa’s Calico Beans

Total Time:
1 hr, 5 mins
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
8 servings
Dish Size:
2.5 Quart
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December 31, 2015
Tara’s Tidbits®

1 pound of ground beef or pork sausage can be added in place of, or along with the bacon to make this into a hearty main course. 

My mother's friend Lisa cooked for her church's after-school program (as did my mother). This was one of Lisa's signature after-school dishes, where a little can go a long, long way. I'm not exactly sure the significance of adding a can of pork and beans to a big dish of homemade pork and beans, but I definitely know that this dish works!


  • 1 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can pork and beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can white northern beans, drained
  • 1 can butter beans, drained
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté chopped bacon until nearly crispy. 
  3. Add onions to skillet and sauté until bacon is crispy and onions are translucent. Drain well. 
  4. Transfer drained bacon and onions to a 2.5 quart temp-tations® baking dish and cover with remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine. 
  5. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until bubbly hot. Serve immediately. 
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