Deer Calico Beans

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 MinutesYield: 3 Quarts
Cook Time: 50 MinutesServing Size: 1 Cup
Total Time: 55 MinutesCalories Per Serving: 325


  • 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 Sweet 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!

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The good, the bad, and the delicious…

  • Deer Calico Beans is high in dietary fiber and protein, potassium, and vitamin C.
  • This recipe might be too high in cholesterol, sodium, and sugar.

See tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.

Deer Calico Beans Nutrition Facts

Yields: 3 QuartsServing Size: 1 Cup
Calories 325Calories from fat: 17%
% Daily Value*
 Total Fat 6 g9%
 Saturated Fat 3 g17%
 Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
 Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
 Trans Fat 0 g
 Cholesterol 30 mg10%
 Sodium 823 mg34%
 Potassium 578 mg17%
 Total Carbohydrates 54 g18%
 Dietary Fiber 9 g37%
 Sugars 27 g
 Protein 17 g35%
Vitamin A 2%Vitamin C 44%
Calcium 9%Iron 16%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc

To make this recipe more diet-friendly…

  • To help lower the cholesterol and fat use less fat in your ground venison burger. This recipe was calculated using 80/20 ground venison burger because that’s what most hunters use. You can use ground venison that has no fat added and it will be just as delicious!
  • To help lower the sodium use low sodium ingredients that have no salt added, such as the beans, and don’t add any extra salt. You can also rinse the beans. Also, use a BBQ sauce that is lower in sodium. You could make your own.
  • To help lower the sugar, you could change the beans. The chili beans, great northern beans, and butter beans have the most sugar so you could swap them for beans that have less sugar or leave some of them out, but that will change the taste. You could use a BBQ sauce that is diabetic friendly as well and also use less brown sugar or an alternative.
  • Whatever changes you make to your Deer Calico Beans, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at

Bon Appétit

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