Calico Beans - Good Eatin'!

Calico Beans
6-8 servings

1/2 lb. bacon, cut into pieces
1/2 large onion, chopped and cooked
1 lb ground beef, browned
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. mustard
2 Tbsp. molasses
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. vinegar
1 tsp. liquid smoke
2 cans white beans (drained)
1 can butter beans (do not drain)

1. Cook onion and bacon in a skillet, then add all other ingredients together and mix in a large roaster. Bake for 40 minutes.


DaisyBug said...

Culinarily Challenged here... What on earth IS liquid smoke anyway?? I see it and I just don't know what it is or does - can you help me?

Ali said...

"A concentrated seasoning known as liquid smoke is often used to duplicate the appealing flavor and aroma of real smokehouse wood without the need for a real smokehouse. Liquid smoke is derived from actual smoke generated under controlled conditions from popular woods used for outdoor barbecuing and smoking."

Long story short, it gives the flavor of a smokehouse with out YOU having to smoke stuff yourself. :)

DaisyBug said...

So - if one is not a huge fan of smoked flavor one could just skip it - no? My MIL hates smoked food - she lives with us - I have to try to cook around everyone's weirdness in this house, LOL! (Thanks for the answer BTW!)

Ali said...

Oh yeah, you can skip it. Although, the smokey flavor is a key component to the dish (and one reason I love it so much) so I can't guarantee that omitting it will still make quite as good of a dish -- but I'm sure it will still be good eats. ;)