Cowboy Beans

PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 1 hour 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME 1 hour 30 minutes
AUTHOR Holly Nilsson
Hearty and full of flavor, these Cowboy Beans are the perfect potluck or BBQ dish!


▢1 pound bacon divided
▢1 pound ground beef
▢1 large onion diced
▢2 cans kidney beans 16 ounces each, drained and rinsed
▢1 can pinto beans 16 ounces, drained and rinsed
▢1 can great northern beans 16 ounces, drained and rinsed
▢2 cans pork and beans 16 ounces
▢1 ⅓ cup tomato sauce
▢½ cup brown sugar
▢½ cup barbecue sauce plus 2 tablespoons for topping
▢⅓ cup ketchup
▢3 tablespoons cider vinegar
▢2 tablespoons yellow mustard
▢1 tablespoon chili powder
▢1 teaspoon each salt & pepper or to taste


Preheat oven to 350°F.
Set half of the uncooked bacon aside for topping. Cook the remaining half of the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Drain all fat except 1 tablespoon. Crumble bacon.
Add ground beef and onion to the same pan and cook over medium heat until no pink remains, drain any fat.
Combine all ingredients in a 9×13 pan and mix well. Top with remaining uncooked bacon and brush bacon with remaining bbq sauce.
Bake uncovered 45-50 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
Slow Cooker Directions
Prepare recipe as above except cook all bacon until crisp. Set half of the crisp bacon aside for topping.
Combine all remaining ingredients and place in a 6qt slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high 2-3 hours or on low 4-5 hours.
Top with reserved bacon before serving.

Recipe Notes
For a saucier dish, sauce ingredients can be doubled.
Calories: 556, Carbohydrates: 64g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 1900mg, Potassium: 1071mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 708IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 122mg, Iron: 5mg
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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