A white dish filled with Slow Cooker Cowboy Baked Beans ready to serve.
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Cowboy Baked Beans

Cowboy beans (aka hamburger-bacon baked beans) are made in a slow cooker or oven baked. The best party food recipe to make ahead for a large hungry crowd!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked beans, easy holiday side dish
Servings: 18
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Lisa Hatfield



  • 1 lb bacon applewood smoked
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 cans baked beans (don't drain)
  • 2 cans kidney beans (drain)
  • 1 can cannellini beans (drain)
  • 2 cans black beans (drain)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard


  • Decide if you are going to make your Cowboy Beans in a slow cooker or bake in the oven in a large dish or cast iron dutch oven.
  • Chop the sliced uncooked bacon into small pieces, over medium heat, brown the bacon in a heavy cast iron skillet or a large cast iron dutch oven.
  • Remove the crispy cooked bacon to a small bowl. Next add the chopped onion and brown for 5-6 minutes until translucent, add the minced garlic, stir for one minute. Remove the onion and garlic in a small bowl with the crispy cooked bacon.
  • Next, brown the ground beef, cook for 6-8 minutes. Next, add the bacon, onions, and garlic back with the ground beef. Place into the slow cooker (or large dutch oven or large dish if baking in oven).
  • Next, add the beans; 3 cans baked beans (don't drain), 2 cans kidney beans (drain), 1 can cannellini beans (drain), and 2 cans black beans (drain).
  • Add brown sugar, cider vinegar, ketchup, and yellow mustard, stir well to combine.
  • Cook in slow/cooker crockpot on low for 2 hours or bake 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours in a large dish. Serve hot.


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 925mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 4.1mg