Five-Bean Bake

This is a good recipe and we usually use when we have a picnic or cook-out. It is different to say the least but every one likes it.

8 slices bacon, chopped
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 (28-oz,) can pork & beans (Bush)
1 (19.75-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (16-oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 (16-oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15.25-oz) can lima beans, rinsed and drain
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cooked the chopped bacon slices in a large skillet until crisp, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Add diced onion and sauté in the drippings for 5 minutes.

Combine bacon, onion, pork & beans, black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, lima beans, ketchup, brown sugar, 1/2 cup water and cider vinegar in a lightly greased 13X9-in. baking dish.

Baked covered with foil at 350 degrees for 1 hour, uncover and bake 30 more minutes.

I know this as Calico beans or Chuck Wagon Beans, and I believe the only difference is ground beef my family’s recipe is

Calico Beans
1lb lean ground beef
1/2lb bacon
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup ketchup
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vinegar
2 large cans of pork and beans
1 can white kidney beans
2 cans butter beans (limas)
1 teaspoon mustard

Fry bacon. Remove bacon and drain off fat, cook ground beef and onions. Partially drain beans. Combine all ingredients and bake for 1 hour at 350.

We also sometimes let it cook in a crockpot.