November 12, 2014

Best Ever Crock Pot Cowboy Beans

Crock Pot Cowboy Beans are a hearty and filling side dish made with a pound a beef, a pound of bacon, and three kinds of beans, all slow-simmered in a sweet and tangy brown sugar molasses sauce.

Best Ever Cowboy Beans | thetwobiteclub.com

You'll have to forgive me for the quality of this photo.  I took it on the fly and never bothered to check if the image was totally in focus.  Apparently I was moving a liiiittle too quickly in my rush to take a last minute shot that I shook the camera, as you can obviously see.  Shame on me.  I am not being a very good food blogger when I take crappy photos.

Every time we have a party or when we host holiday celebrations, I always have the best of intentions to photograph my new recipes, I swear I do.  This time was just like all of the others.  I get all wrapped up in last minute cleaning, getting myself and the kids ready, and making sure all of the food is plated, that I forget to take pictures.  I usually remember when the party is in full swing and people are chowing down.

I have a bunch of awful party food photo shots.  Check out this one of my Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon.  Or how about this one of my Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings with Kicked-Up Ranch.  Embarrassing.  Ah, well.  Maybe one of these days I'll get to planning a little better and get better shots of my party food.

Awful photograph or not, these beans were so yummy.  And indulgent.  Usually when a recipe calls for a pound of bacon, I say, "Where do I sign up?"  They were the talk of my little guy's second birthday party!


Best Ever Crock Pot Cowboy Beans

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Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tbsps bacon drippings
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans kidney bans
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans white beans
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans pork and beans
  • 3 small onions, diced
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 tbsps yellow mustard

Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and onions until the meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Drain all of the beans except for one can of pork and beans.  Combine the beans, cooked ground beef and onions, and remaining ingredients to your crock pot.
  3. Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.

Notes
  • This recipe makes a TON of beans.  Plan to use a large oval crockpot or halve the recipe.  I served 20 people and still had leftovers, but everyone was more than willing to take some home!
  • Source: Barefeet in the Kitchen
  • The recipe I used is titled The BEST Slow Cooker Baked Beans, but my Mom calls them Cowboy Beans because they include ground beef, so that's what I went with.  :)

21 comments:

  1. These look super yummy! Beans are my husband's favorite, and I love crockpot versions! I'll definitely give these a try soon!

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    1. Awesome! I hope you like them as much as we did. :)

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  2. Would these freeze well? I was thinking of making the entire batch and freezing leftovers. If not, I'll just cut the recipe down.

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  3. These are our favorite party beans.

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  4. Do you add any liquid (ie: water)?

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    1. To get the full flavor, I'd say yes. It's definitely not a vegetarian recipe.

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  6. Could you freeze this recipe? If yes would you cook the meat first,strain it and then add it to the freezer bag to be place in the freezer or leave the meat raw? Thank You!

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  7. Looks and sounds delicious by the way.

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  8. They have another name.... called SUPER BEANS. I ate them many times at a small locally owned restaurant in Tenn over 10 years ago.

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  9. I have these in my crockpot right now, only thing I changed was I used dijon mustard instead of regular, tastes great! Thank you for the recipe, I'm sure my cookout company tonight will love them!��

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    1. Mmm, I think I will try dijon next time, too. Great idea!

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  10. I have these in my crockpot right now, only thing I changed was I used dijon mustard instead of regular, tastes great! Thank you for the recipe, I'm sure my cookout company tonight will love them!��

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    1. The recipe calls for canned beans that do not require cooking before they get dumped into the crock pot.

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  12. I don't see reference to when the bacon is added and if it is cooked first.

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    1. The bacon is cooked and crumbled before adding to the crock pot in step 2. :)

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  13. Made this a few weeks ago for a gathering at my church and it was a hit! Several asked that this my dish to bring anytime we eat and we eat a lot of times! Thanks for a successful recipe!

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