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Instant Pot Calico Beans

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I’m obsessed with my instant pot, it has so many functions and makes cooking dinner so easy. We love the slow cooker still but lately we’ve had more time in the afternoon(as opposed to the morning) to prepare and cook dinner. The instant pot we can have a “slow cooked” meal in under 30 minutes and in one pot so there’s less to clean up. Win win!

If you’ve never had Calico Beans, you’re missing out! We originally had this recipe at my sister-in-laws and it was so amazing. Definitely a favorite!

Calico Beans recipe is great whether you make it in the slow cooker, oven or instant pot. I just prefer the instant pot so I only have to use one pot for the entire meal, easy to clean up and it’s done in under 30-45 minutes. If it’s too sweet for your liking you could add a little less sugar, or add other vegetables to the pot. Serve with some bread and/or side salad. Calico Beans makes the perfect thing to bring to a potluck or serve to a large crowd.

Follow these easy steps for Calico Beans in the Instant Pot

In a small bowl combine ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar and mustard. Set aside.
In the instant pot set it to saute, add bacon and brown for about 5-7 minutes. Add the ground beef and onion to the bacon and continue cooking until the bacon and beef are thoroughly cooked.

Stir in the beans, celery and sauce mix into the instant pot with the meat mixture. Stir completely.

Close the lid, turn it to “sealing” and click manual high pressure for 20 minutes.
Let it naturally release if you have the time, if not do the quick release after about 5-10 just be very careful with this step.

Serve warm with some tasty bread and/or salad on the side.

*Cook this either in the pressure cooker, slow cooker for 4-6 hours on low or baked in the oven 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Calico Beans in the Instant Pot is so easy and delicious! A fave in our household!

Instant Pot Calico Beans

This Calico Bean meal is so delicious and easy to make; sweet, salt and filling. Make in the instant pot, slow cooker or in the oven. Pair with some bread and/or salad. Great for large crowds.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Dish, Soup
Servings 10 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb bacon cut into bite sizes
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cans pork n beans not drained
  • 1 can lima beans drained
  • 2 cans kidney beans drained
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped very small

Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • dash of pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl combine ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar and mustard. Set aside.
  • In the instant pot set it to saute, add bacon and brown for about 5-7 minutes. Add the ground beef and onion to the bacon and continue cooking until the bacon and beef are thoroughly cooked.
  • Stir in the beans, celery and sauce mix into the instant pot with the meat mixture. Stir completely.
  • Close the lid, turn it to "sealing" and click manual high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Let it naturally release if you have the time, if not do the quick release after about 5-10 just be very careful with this step.
  • Serve warm with some tasty bread and/or salad on the side.
Keyword Bacon, Beans, Beef, one pot

 

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  • Caroline
    December 28, 2019

    Do you drain the beans and drain the the grease from meat and bacon?

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval." - #MarkTwain

“A man cannot be comfortable...

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” – #JohnRuskin

“Nature is painting for us,...

Beautiful walk to the beach with the kids and dog! It was sunny, warm, spacious and just what we needed. AND there wasn't any complaining! Thankful for our gorgeous home & planet!
🌻

Beautiful walk to the beach...

See that laptop and books right there?

Yeah, it's been sitting in that same spot untouched all day. Mason has completely hit his limit with this "distance learning". And I'll be honest I'm almost ready to call it summer break already(a month early)! It was going so well until about 2 weeks ago when his defiant personality decided it was done with this type of schooling, and depression and social anxiety in full swing! Isolation is so tough on ours/everyone's mental health and I don't know if we can take anymore of it! 
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #socialdistancing #quarantinelife #isolation #distancelearning #momlife

See that laptop and books...

The gang is coming over for #SCOOBMovieNight today! #SCOOB is now available to watch instantly. 
Join #SCOOBMovieNight via the Twitter Watch Party tonight at 4PM PST. 
Will you join us? 
Be sure to check out my blog for a chance to win your own SCOOB party box including the movie. 
#WBpartner #scoobydoo #entertainment #warnerbros #WB #movies #stayhome #movienight #familytime #quarantinelife

The gang is coming over...

2020 is the year I told myself I'd start focusing on a healthier lifestyle and one thing I've been working on is eating a plant based diet. I've still got a ways to go but I'll get there and so far I feel great! 🌳I've partnered with LightLife to bring you this post, but all opinions are my own. One thing I'm new to is tempeh, after eating the vegan tacos I made, I'm totally sold! I made these amazing tacos with sweet potatoes and Lightlife Original Tempeh. I didn't miss the meat at all!
🌳Tempeh can be used for a number of meals as a protein replacement, available for purchase at your local grocery store(I've found ours at Fred Meyer and @imperfectfoods ) typically for $3.49. Easy to prep, vegan certified, has a savory and slightly nutty flavor, non-GMO and 12g of protein. 
#sponsoredpost #momsmeet #lightlife #tempeh #plantbased #vegan #health #wellness #healthandwellness

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