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MI Sauce & Tomato Basil Garlic - Calico Beans


12 to 16



Total Time

50 Minutes to 4 hours

Prep Time

30 Minutes

Cook Time

20 Minutes to 4 Hours

Meal Type



Side Dish



Products Used In This Recipe


About This Recipe

Calico Beans are always a favorite at family & friends get together. The longer it cooks the better it taste. Always a hit at potlucks, picnics, BBQ's, and reunions. You will come home with a empty pot. So good!

MI Sauce & Tomato Basil Garlic - Calico Beans


1-pound ground beef, browned and drained

1-pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 cup MI Sauce

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 (15-ounce) jar TVF Tomato Basil Garlic Sauce

6 cups cooked mixed beans of your choice , drained.  (If you like to use dried beans cook individually ahead of time and freeze.)  Or 48 Oz of a combination of canned beans. Equal to 3 – 15 Oz cans :  

1 (15-ounce) cans white beans, drained

1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained

1 (15-ounce) cans pork & beans, drained

1 (15-ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained

1 (15-ounce) can lima beans, drained

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained

1 (15-ounce) can red beans, drained

1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained


Combine all ingredients in a large pot on top of the stove, stir gently until combined.  Cook for at least 20 minutes.  The longer your cook the beans the more flavorful they are. 

Note: If you like to use dried beans, you can prepare them ahead of time  Refrigerate until ready to use. You can freeze the cooked beans in portioned amounts in freezer bags, making this almost as easy as opening a can for a fraction of the cost.

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