May 10, 2013

Cowboy Beans {Crock Pot}

I love, love, LOVE this recipe!  I usually make it for a big weekend meal like a cookout or Sunday dinner and then have enough leftovers to serve again during the week as a side dish.  And the best part?  The onions LOVE it!

This is great to bring as a covered dish too because you can cook it in a crock pot and take it with you!

Angel Baby actually made them this time.  She’s 8 and is becoming quite the cook.  The only thing I did to help with these was to open the cans and cut the onion.  She did everything else!


Cowboy Beans
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, diced
Salt & pepper
2 28-oz. cans basic, plain jane pork n’ beans
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup barbeque sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar

Brown ground beef and onions with salt and pepper to taste until meat is cooked through.  Drain fat then add meat mixture to a crock pot or large saucepan.

Open cans of beans and pour off any liquid that’s settled at the top.  Add beans and remaining ingredients to the meat mixture and stir to incorporate.  For crock pot cooking, cook on low for 4-6 hours.  For stove-top cooking, heat over medium-high heat until simmering then reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 1 hour.


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25 comments:

  1. I have been making something very close to this for years! I only use the BBQ sauce - no ketchup or brown sugar, and add chopped bell pepper also. Everyone always loves them and they are very filling. It's so nice to be able to just carry them somewhere in the crockpot and plug them in.

    Love your recipes! :)

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    1. Next time you make them substitute one pound of sausage for the beef....layer the top wth pre-cooked bacon and HOLD ON!

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  2. Looking forward to trying this recipe on the crew tonight. With our busy days, Cowboy Beans sounds like something we will add to the rotation. Thanks again Mandy, we love your recipes at our house.

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  3. I have been making a recipe very close to this for as long as I can remember~ My mom used to make it also! We called it Bean Hash:) Thanks for sharing this classic~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  4. I love recipes like that, too! I've made similar ones with vegetarian ingredients and they are always a big hit!

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  5. What an awesome recipe. I serve beans to over 200 folks on the street for a local Bean Days festival. This is the kind of dish folks gobble up (or down?=) Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

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  6. My mom made a casserole like this when I was growing up and I loved it. I made these for supper tonight along with cheesy biscuits and french fries. It was like going back in time :) Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Implant from NY 2 TexasJuly 17, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Thank you for this recipe...I have been looking for this recipe in print for a long time...

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  8. do you take the liquid from what's in crock pot or the cans of beans... I may try this :)

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    1. You mean when I pour it off? From the cans :)

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  9. I do a version of Cowboy Beans that calls for Red Kidney Beans, Butter Beans & Northern White Beans. Also add in some cooked bacon pieces.
    It is delicious!

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  10. Awesome recipe! Cooking it right now and it tasted/smells/looks so good. Added some bacon as well because you can't go wrong with bacon. :)

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  11. Followed word for word and served over rice, mmmmMMM !my dadsaid it is in his top 5.

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  12. My family makes this all the time. It was something hubby and I grew up on and we love making it for our daughter, who also loves it. We follow the recipe step by step and it turns out great every time!

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  13. I have what may be a stupid question. . Do you brown the hamburger first?

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  14. Can you freeze this? I'm gonna make this soon. Thanks for the recipe!

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  15. You could serve these beans over a buttered baked sweet potato for a "Hot Mess" like I do. I have saved so many of your recipes that I finally decided to sign up for your emails. I found you through "The Slow Cooker Chronicle". I have been doctoring pork n' beans for years and make a similar recipe to this called "Calico Beans." They are made like another commenter above mentioned. Keep the delish and easy recipes coming!

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  16. I usually add green & red pepper,onion,brown sugar,dark mustard,ketchup , soak hot dogs in bourbon over night,an beans!!!! Drunken Beans

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  18. My son calls these "Woody" beans ( toy story) and eats it in bulk served over rice . Awesome.

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  19. I love these and have been making them for decades. It wasn’t until 2005 when we moved to SC that I heard them referred to as “Cowboy Beans.” Every time I hear “Cowboy Beans,” I can’t help but think of the scene in Blazing Saddles with all the cowboys sitting around the campfire. :-D
    God bless.

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  20. I'm going to made this as written and add 1 lb Little Smokies to the pot.

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