This cowboy baked beans recipe is so delicious and super easy to make. All you need is a large can of baked beans, lean ground beef, a sweet yellow onion, and a few popular seasonings for the best beans packed with incredible flavor.
What are cowboy beans?
These beans are called cowboy beans because of all that’s added to them. It’s a hearty side dish packed with ground beef, chopped onions, and in most recipes, applewood smoked bacon or other ingredients that provide a smoky flavor. This is a hearty recipe you’ll want to cook up for feeding large groups at summer cookouts.
- Ground Beef: You’ll only need a pound of lean ground beef, which will be browned before adding it to the crock pot.
- Pork and Beans: Grab a large can of this type of beans in any brand that you prefer. You can also use Bush’s original baked beans.
- Sweet Yellow Onion: The sweetness of this onion will add to the flavorful sauce as well as the heartiness of the overall dish.
- Barbecue Sauce: There are many flavors of bbq sauce you can use. If you want a tangy sauce, go with a Memphis style. And if you want a smokier flavor, add a dash of liquid smoke into your bbq sauce.
- Seasonings: Onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, and black pepper are the only flavors you need to make the perfect beans.
- Worcestershire Sauce: Added to enhance the flavor.
Step One – Brown the ground beef in a skillet and drain the fat. , and add to the slow cooker.
Step Two – Add ground beef to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients.
Step Three – Stir everything together.
Step Four – Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours. Serve and enjoy!
How to serve
- Of course, this hearty side dish can be served with all your cookout favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled chicken.
- This is also a dish that pairs perfectly with cornbread or cornbread muffins.
- You can also serve the cowboy baked beans with toppings such as crumbled bacon, additional diced onion, chopped fresh veggies, ketchup, and yellow mustard.
- If you are serving these for game day, a potluck, or a summer cookout, you can keep them in the crock pot. Just be sure to turn it to the KEEP WARM setting.
Yes! Pork and beans typically has a little extra flavor; however, you can use regular canned beans and/or a combination of butter beans, black beans, white beans, navy beans, pinto beans, or cannellini beans. You’ll want to sweeten them a bit with brown sugar.
Of course! Instead, try ground turkey, ground chicken, or a ground pork combination. It will still yield the best cowboy baked beans.
Pour the leftovers into an airtight container and store cowboy beans in the fridge for up to 4 days. When you want to reheat them, do so on the stovetop over medium heat.
You can always add diced bell pepper, cooked bacon, extra beans like mature lima beans, fresh garlic, and tomato sauce. Anything you add will make it a great recipe to share with others!
You can’t go wrong by adding chili powder, minced garlic, and a splash of apple cider vinegar.
Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 60 oz. pork n beans (three 15-oz. cans)
- 1 sweet yellow onion diced
- 2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- Brown the ground beef in a skillet, drain fat, and add to the slow cooker.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir.
- Cook on low for 5 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Instead, try ground turkey, ground chicken, or a ground pork combination. It will still yield the best cowboy baked beans.
- Pour the leftovers into an airtight container and store cowboy beans in the fridge for up to 4 days. When you want to reheat them, do so on the stovetop over medium heat.
- For added heat, add one diced jalapeno or a 1/4 teaspoon of red hot chili flakes.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.