Go Back
+ servings
Cowboy Beans
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Cowboy Baked Beans

Loaded with bacon and ground beef, these cowboy beans are smoky, sweet, and savory with a southwest flair.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 626kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound bacon (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 poblano peppers (chopped)
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add dried beans into a boiling pot of water and simmer until beans soften but are still firm. 1-2 hours. Alternatively, you can soak beans overnight instead.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • While beans simmer, add bacon and ground beef to a Dutch oven or large skillet and cook over medium heat, until beef has browned and bacon is crisp. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Reserving 2 tablespoons of the bacon/beef drippings, add the onion and peppers to the skillet and saute until tender.
  • Once beans have softened, drain from water and combine with all ingredients in an oven-safe pot or Dutch oven. Stir everything together with a wooden spoon until well mixed.
  • Place the beans in the oven on the center rack, uncovered, and bake for 30 minutes to heat through and thicken.
  • Serve immediately, or keep warm in a slow cooker.

Notes

Personally, I think using a Dutch oven makes this recipe the easiest because it ends up being a one-pot meal, but it isn't required. You can prep the ingredients in a large skillet and transfer them to your favorite baking dish when placing your bean mixture in the oven.
 
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE be sure to try my Drunken Beans as well!

Nutrition

Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 1455mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 317IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 7mg