Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans With Ground Beef Recipe

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  • 6 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 8 to 10 Servings
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These super easy cowboy beans are cooked in the crockpot with ground beef, a variety of canned beans, and seasonings. Barbecue sauce and molasses give them amazing cookout flavor.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 pound lean bacon
  • 1 pound ground beef, lean, at least 85%
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 can pork and' beans, 16 oz
  • 1 can red kidney beans, 16 oz
  • 1 can butter beans, 16 oz
  • 1 can baby lima beans, 8 oz
  • 1 can great northern beans, 16 oz
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup molasses or maple syrup
  • 1 jar barbecue sauce (or use homemade barbecue sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces; brown in a large skillet. Remove bacon from the rendered fat and set aside.
  2. In the bacon drippings, sauté the onion and bell pepper until tender.
  3. Add the ground beef and brown lightly. Put the meats into the bottom of a crockpot. Add the can of pork and beans.
  4. Drain most of the liquids from the remaining cans of beans and add them to the slow cooker with the remaining ingredients. Mix well to blend.
  1. Cook on HIGH setting for 1 hour, and then set to LOW and continue cooking for 5 to 6 hours. Stir occasionally.
  2. Check for seasonings and correct if desired, with a little salt and pepper, or more brown sugar or syrup.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 846
Total Fat 22 g
Saturated Fat 8 g
Unsaturated Fat 9 g
Cholesterol 105 mg
Sodium 617 mg
Carbohydrates 101 g
Dietary Fiber 25 g
Protein 62 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)