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Betty's 3-Bean Hot Dish (a la Minnesota)

Rated as 4.78 out of 5 Stars

"My dearest 80-something friend Betty gave me this sensational, hearty recipe for a 3-bean hot dish. She's Finnish, I believe this has roots to home, and it's really tasty! My hubby, who hates beans, demanded I get the recipe. We first devoured it at Betty and Jim's 60th wedding anniversary! Perfect for potlucks."
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1 h 30 m servings 360
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 pot)


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  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Crumble when cooled. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel.
  2. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Add onion and cook until clear, about 5 minutes more.
  3. Combine cooked bacon, cooked beef, pork and beans, kidney beans, butter beans, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, and mustard in a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook on High until heated through, about 1 hour.


  • Cook's Note:
  • To make this on the stovetop, add cooked meat and all other ingredients to a large skillet and simmer until heated through, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 360 calories; 11.9 44.7 19.7 44 810 Full nutrition

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1.30.18 This recipe is almost identical to a Calico Beans recipe that I’ve made for years, except some of the ingredient amounts are different, and my old recipe calls for garlic salt and bakin...

This is a winner! Family loved it, and tried it again with ground turkey and it was lighter and delicious. My thanks to Betty

Used it as sandwich bun filling, like sloppy joes

My husband liked it a lot more than I did. In fact he LOVED it.

Betty, you old Devil! Heck of a recipe. The whole family loved it. The only thing I could not find was butter beans. I only went to one market, and I am sure had I cared more I'd have found som...

We all really loved it!! Sweeter than I thought so I added cayenne Chili powder and some garlic love... but all in all Very Good keeping this recipe!!

Okay, no bacon, onion, butter beans or brown sugar. It was still awesome enough that there was almost nothing left. Everyone had seconds! Definitely a keeper!

My new "go to" bean recipe. It has more of a BBQ flavor then the traditional sweet recipes. My husband often request it for dinner as it makes a great meal all by itself (like chili) . I love...