All about vintage cast iron cookware and the people who use it. History, education, identification, use, stories, collectors and collections.

Brenda’s Fabulous Calico Beans, made in my Iron Mountain (by Griswold) Chicken Pan!

Brenda’s Fabulous Calico Beans, made in my Iron Mountain (by Griswold) Chicken Pan!

When we were camping a while back, Brenda told me about her easy-peasy recipe for Calico Beans. She was kind enough to send me a snap of her recipe card, and tonight I made them for dinner.

I did not know that I would love a bean main dish, but love it I did! And of course it was so much better because I made it in my much-used Iron Mountain (by Griswold) chicken pan. A true one-pot meal!

BRENDA’S CALICO BEANS

(as made by me – Brenda’s original recipe is on the card pic).

Serves 6-8 people.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, cut into ~1/2 – 1″ pieces (I used my kitchen shears)
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
  • ~1/4 c. ketchup
  • Generous squirt (~1 t.) of mustard of your choice
  • ~15 oz. can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • ~15 oz. can white beans (I used Bush’s “Southern style white beans”)
  • ~15 oz. can pork n’ beans
  • ~15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed.

Directions

  • Preheat cast iron chicken pan or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Crumble in ground beef, add uncooked bacon pieces and chopped onion.
  • Cook the ground beef bacon mixture until beef is browned and onion has softened.
  • Drain the ground beef mixture and return to the pan.
  • Add in the beans, stir together.
  • Add the ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Mix well.

  • Cover and simmer for about 1/2 hour, stirring frequently.

Eat and enjoy!

p.s. I posted Brenda’s recipe on a Facebook group to which I belong – Hand Written Recipes – so far 24 people have commented on it (raving about how tasty Calico beans are) and 94 people have shared it. Wow. That’s a popular recipe!

 


Related Posts

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and Twelve Handy-Dandy Tips!

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and Twelve Handy-Dandy Tips!

**Most recent update 7/31/18. I keep thinking of more tips! 🙂 It’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed when you arrive at a large in-person cast iron auction. Yards and yards, tables and tables, of all of that gorgeous iron! And many people who are just […]

Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Fellow cast iron enthusiasts Brenda Bernstein and Doyle Pregler live in New London, Minnesota, a small community about two hours northwest of the Twin Cities. They have been together 28 years, have 6 grown children between them, and 12 grandchildren ages 3 to 19. If […]




Send this to a friend