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Dakota Calico Beans

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.


  • ¼ lb. bacon
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • ½ c. chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 cans (16-ounce each) baked beans
  • 1 can (15.5-ounce) kidney beans
  • 1 can (15.5-ounce) cranberry beans
  • 1 can (15.5-ounce) navy beans
  • 1 can (15.5-ounce) Great Northern beans
  • 1 can (15.5-ounce) pinto beans


Fry bacon in skillet until crisp. Discard all fat. Drain bacon on paper towels. Brown ground beef and onion in same skillet. Drain beans (do not drain the baked beans). Combine all ingredients. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

For crockpots: Combine all ingredients as given above. Cook on low for 4-8 hours.

Directions for freezing: Put remaining beans in a microwave/oven-proof casserole cover and freeze. Reheat in a preheated 350 degree oven. Or cook in a microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes, stir, and continue until beans are of desired temperature.

Makes 20 servings.

Per serving: 240 calories, 5.5 grams (g) fat, 16 g protein and 34 g carbohydrate
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