This Instant Pot version of Grandma's classic calico beans casserole recipe with ground beef is an easy, hearty, and budget friendly dinner!
Course Soup, Main Course, Lunch, Dinner
Keyword calico beans, calico bean casserole, instant pot calico beans, pressure cooker calico beans, easy calico beans, beans and beef, instant pot ground beef recipe
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
time to bring pressure cooker to pressure and release pressure 15minutes
Total Time 35minutes
Instant Pot (or any electric pressure cooker)
4slicesbacon, thickly cut, diced
1/2cupbrown sugar, firmly packed
4tspapple cider vinegar
1can (15 oz)pork and beans
1can (15 oz)butter (lima) beans, drained(see notes if using dried beans)
1can (15 oz)kidney beans, drained(see notes if using dried beans)
Using the Sauté function on the pressure cooker, sauté bacon until the fat has been rendered. Add onions and cook until the onions are transluscent. Add ground beef and cook until the ground beef is browned throughout. Remove excess fat by lifting and tilting the pot with a pot holder and blotting excess grease with a paper towel.
Add ketchup, sugar, mustard, and vinegar to the pot and stir, then add beans and combine until well mixed.
Lock Instant Pot lid into place, press cancel, and pressure cook at high pressure for 15 minutes. After pressure cooking, allow a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then use a quick release to release any remaining pressure.
Serve with your favorite garnishes or toppings.
*Using dried beans: Use 1/2 cup of dry beans for every 15 ounce can of beans. Overnight soak beans or quick soak them first. Add 10 minutes of pressure cooking time (for a total of 25 minutes) for soaked dried beans.Leftovers will keep well stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.