Slow Cooker Hobo Beans Recipe

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 6 hrs
Total: 6 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
602 Calories
31g Fat
29g Carbs
50g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 602
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 1080mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 50g
Calcium 75mg 6%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When you want to spice up basic stewed beans, this recipe can certainly come in handy. Filled with beans, bacon and ground beef, this makes a delicious supper for your family. An added benefit is that most of the cook time takes place in a slow cooker. Some of the prep can be done the night before, then put in the crock pot the next morning. 

You can enjoy this bean dish in a bowl along with a slice of fresh crusty bread. But this hobo beans recipe is also a perfect side dish for barbecues or picnics. Serve it with bbq ribs or chicken, coleslaw, potato or macroni salad. 


  • 1 large can Pork & Beans, drained slightly
  • 1 small can red or kidney beans, drained slightly
  • 1 small can lima beans or black-eyed peas, drained slightly
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 pound bacon, cubed, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup onions
  • 1 1/2 cup Bar-B-Que sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Mix all—Pork & Beans, red or kidney beans (whichever using), lima beans or black-eyed peas (whichever using), cooked and drained ground beef, cooked, drained and cubed bacon, onions, BBQ sauce—in a slow cooker.

  3. Cook 5 to 6 hours on low.

Recipe Variation

  • You can also use chile beans, pinto beans, northern beans, or navy beans in this dish and use to replace one of the other beans or in addition to.
  • Add in 1/2 cup of chopped green or red bell pepper for additional flavor.

How to Store

Any leftover hobo beans should be cooled down and then put in an airtight container . They will keep in the fridge for three to four days. You can reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove.