|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 21g||27%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||35%|
|Total Carbohydrate 151g||55%|
|Dietary Fiber 39g||139%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Cowboy beans is a hearty, southwestern dish consisting of beans and ground beef in a sweet and tangy sauce. This recipe is made with four different kinds of beans, along with bacon, ground beef, bottled barbecue sauce, and plenty of flavorings, making the dish even more complex and filling. Cowboy beans are perfect alongside barbecue at a cookout, when tailgating, or as the main dish for an everyday family meal.
You can cook these cowboy beans in the oven or the slow cooker. Finish them off with some shredded cheddar cheese, if you like, and serve with cornbread or crusty rolls and a green salad or roasted Brussels sprouts.
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- 1/2 pound bacon (diced)
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 (16-ounce) can baked beans
- 1 (16-ounce) can butter beans (drained)
- 1 (16-ounce) can kidney beans (drained)
- 1 (16-ounce) can pinto beans (drained)
- Optional: 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Prep and Combine the Ingredients
Gather the ingredients.
Put the diced bacon in a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat.
Cook, stirring, until the bacon is crisp.
Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain and reserve.
Pour off the bacon drippings.
In the same skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until it is browned, breaking it up and stirring as it cooks. Add the chopped onion and cook until tender. Drain off any excess fat.
Add the ketchup, barbecue sauce, white and brown sugars, the molasses, chili powder, salt, pepper, and mustard. Add all of the beans and stir to blend the ingredients.
Cook in the Oven
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
If the Dutch oven isn't ovenproof, transfer the bean mixture to a casserole or baking dish. Sprinkle the bacon over the top of the bean and beef mixture.
Bake for 1 hour.
Cook in the Slow Cooker
Transfer the bean mixture to the crockery insert of a slow cooker. Sprinkle over the cooked bacon.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour, then reduce heat to LOW and cook for 2 to 4 hours longer.
Finish and Serve
If desired, top the beans with about 1 cup of shredded cheese. Continue baking in the oven or slow cooking for a few minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
Or, simply top each serving with 1 or 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese.
Serve and enjoy.
- Replace the ground beef with sliced smoked sausage or hot dogs.
- Sauté about 1/2 cup of chopped green or multicolored bell peppers along with the ground beef and onions.
- Feel free to vary the beans in this dish. Black beans could replace the butter beans or kidney beans, or use great northern beans, navy beans, or chili beans.