Here's my mom's calico beans recipe:
1 pound bacon
1 pound ground beef
1 big onion
2 big cans Bush's baked beans
2 cans butter beans
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar
Fry bacon until crispy, take out and put on paper towel to blot. Save bacon grease in pan.
Chop onion fine, put in bacon grease and fry until golden brown.
Take out of pan and drain grease.
Brown hamburger in separate pan. Drain off fat when done.
Crumble or chop (this is easier, and less messy) up bacon so it's in little pieces, about the size of bacon bits, but a little bigger.
Throw all ingredients together in (ok, I don't know what it's called but it's an oval shaped, blue pan with white speckles that you bake in the oven, and it has a lid...roasting pan? I always forget
Bake, covered, in oven at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours. Stir every 15 minutes or so.
Don't be afraid to let it get thick. These are supposed to be thick, not runny like regular canned baked beans. If you cook them and you feel they're too thick, stir in a little water. Careful not to add too much!
I hope you all love these beans!! It's one of my family's recipes.
You could make vegetarian ones, I suppose, by using those veggie crumbles in place of ground beef, and don't they have fake bacon too?
Serves at least 10 people.