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Better the Next Day Calico BeansBetter the Next Day Calico Beans

Better the Next Day Calico Beans

By: Shelly - Hoffman Estates - 2016 Recipe Contest

"My father inspired me nearly 30 years ago to tweak this classic bean recipe. He loves to just eat the beans right out of the jar. I've made them for everything from church potlucks to yard parties to tailgating. The crock pot is always empty!"

This is a Door County Coffee Fan recipe. It was not made in the kitchens of the Door County Coffee Cafe.

Featured ingredient: Chocolate Cherry Coffee 10 oz. Bag Ground

  • 1 small yellow onion, diced small
  • 8 slices Oscar Meyer bacon, cut small bite sized pieces
  • 1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar Randall Great Northern Beans; drained, but not rinsed
  • 1 (26.5 ounce) can Bush's Black Beans; drained and rinsed well
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Bush's Dark Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1/4 c. Grandma's Molasses Robust
  • 2 T. French's Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 c. dark brown sugar
  • 2 T. Door County Chocolate Cherry ground coffee
  • 1/2 c. Heinz Ketchup
  • 2 T. Heinz Yellow Mustard
  • 1/4 t. ground cumin
  • 1 t. sea salt
  • 1/2 t. fresh ground pepper
  • 2 T. Heinz apple cider vinegar


  1. Cook the ground beef, bacon and onion together until the ground beef is just beyond pink; drain on paper towels.
  2. Put the prepared beans in a crock pot or slow cooker.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except the apple cider vinegar; pour over beans.
  4. Add the beef, bacon and onion mixture to the crock pot or slower cooker; combine well. Cook for 6-7 hours on low.
  5. Add apple cider vinegar, mix well. Refrigerate overnight (or if you cooked over night in preparation for a later in the day event, refrigerate up to one hour before reheating).
  6. Reheat on high for one hour prior to serving. Check seasoning; add as needed.
*Crock pot/Slow cooker temperatures vary; periodically check the beans to make sure they are not getting mushy.
**Brand name products were referenced, if used.