Deer Calico Beans

Deer Calico Beans


Deer Calico Beans does not contain Calico cat–I promise. It does have white-tailed deer, though. This recipe is somewhat similar to chili beans but different. Does that make sense? No, I didn’t think so, but once you see how it’s made and taste it you will understand.

This Deer Calico Beans recipe will take about an hour to make on the stove and six hours using a crock-pot. It makes 3 quarts and serves 12 people, depending on how hungry they are.

I have a house full of teens most of the time, and they always eat more than the serving size, so it’s difficult for me to know how many “normal people” my recipes will serve. One thing is for sure, I always make plenty.

Deer Calico Beans

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 3 quarts

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 560

Fat per serving: 4.0g

Deer Calico Beans


  • 1 lb of ground deer burger
  • 1 15 oz can each of:
  • kidney beans
  • pinto beans
  • great northern beans
  • butter beans
  • chili beans (hot)
  • 1 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce (I like Sweat Baby Ray’s Original)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 onion (optional)
  • 1 green bell pepper (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Brown the deer burger in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once it’s browned, drain the fat and add the onions and green peppers. Let that fry for about 8-10 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Then add all of the beans and 2 cups of water if you want a thinner consistency. Cook until the beans are as tender as you like them. For myself, that’s about 30 minutes. Then add the brown sugar and BBQ sauce, mix well, and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Please note, this will be thick so if you want a thinner consistency, like a soup, add 2 cups of water after you add the beans. If it’s still not thin enough for your liking, add more water.

You can also cook deer calico beans in a crock-pot. All you do is combine all ingredients, except for the BBQ sauce and brown sugar, and cook until done on high heat (about four hours–just make sure the deer burger is done and the beans are tender), then add the BBQ sauce and brown sugar and let it cook for two more hours.

This is great with cornbread or crackers and if you have leftovers, it’s even better the next day. This recipe is good for home canning as well. It’s so nice to come home from a long day of work and crack open a jar of calico beans, heat it for a minute, and dive in!

Please take a look at our Deer Calico Beans slideshow…


The good, the bad and the delicious…

  • Deer Calico Beans is low in saturated fat and really low in cholesterol and it’s high in dietary fiber and manganese.
  • This recipe might be too high in sodium and sugars for some that are on a very strict diet.

Deer Calico Beans Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Grade: A

Yields: 3 Quarts Serving Size: 1 Cup
Calories 560
% Daily Value*
 Total Fat 4.0g 6%
 Saturated Fat 1.2g 6%
 Trans Fat 0.0g
 Cholesterol 6mg 2%
 Sodium 553mg 23%
 Total Carbohydrates 96.1g 32%
 Dietary Fiber 21.9g 88%
 Sugars 18.0g
 Protein 36.3g
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 47%
Calcium 17%
Iron 48%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

To make this recipe more diet-friendly…

  • Use ingredients that have no salt added, such as the beans and don’t add any extra salt. This will cut down the majority of the sodium.
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