Rating: 4.76 stars
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

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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prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 pot
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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

360 calories; protein 19.7g; carbohydrates 44.7g; fat 11.9g; cholesterol 43.6mg; sodium 810mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2018
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 baking in the oven. I followed the directions up to the point that it was supposed to go into a slow cooker for an hour (another dirty pot) which simply didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I ended up cooking this stove top for about 20 minutes, and it turned out well. For us, it was a bit sweet (personal taste preference) but still tasted very good. Thanks for sharing your dear friend’s recipe. Read More
(18)
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2018
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 baking in the oven. I followed the directions up to the point that it was supposed to go into a slow cooker for an hour (another dirty pot) which simply didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I ended up cooking this stove top for about 20 minutes, and it turned out well. For us, it was a bit sweet (personal taste preference) but still tasted very good. Thanks for sharing your dear friend’s recipe. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2018
This is a winner! Family loved it, and tried it again with ground turkey and it was lighter and delicious. My thanks to Betty Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2020
Love, love, love. Exactly perfect hot dish Betty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2019
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 some. That said, I used Great Northern beans instead. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2018
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 it for pot lucks and sometimes add an extra can or two of beans to make it go further. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2019
Used it as sandwich bun filling, like sloppy joes Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2019
I've been making this forever, always popular. You can change the beans, this time added some black beans, my hubby likes garbanzos. Water chestnuts add a nice crunch. I like extra bacon. Had to look this up because my recipe did not say how many servings it made so needed a comparison. Over the years I've made double for pot lucks, but did not want a lot left over, this makes for eight and that's correct. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2020
I love this recipe, it is very simple to make and it is such good "comfort" food... I don't drain the pork and beans but do drain the other two cans of beans... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2020
I Made this for a Memorial Day cookout. Very good and a crowd pleaser. A different spin on regular old baked beans. Followed the recipe as is and wouldn't change a thing! Read More