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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cowboy Beans

If you ever need a frugal recipe that'll feed a lot of people ..... Consider this as an option! I will tell ya, there's nothing pretty about this dish. It's very hearty and filling though! I'm not really sure what cowboys ate on the trail .... but I'm pretty sure ol' Lucky wasn't toting around canned beans and ketchup. I would like to think that if they could have made their life easier, they definitely would have though!

I remember eating a version of this a few times growing up - probably when money was tight. You can use different varieties of beans too, if that's more your style. You will want approximately 50-60 ounces of beans total. If you like pintos, lima, black beans ..... mix 'em up!

I will say - personal opinion here - but you have to have some sort of cornbread with this meal. It's almost sacrilegious if you don't!

Love Bakes Good Cakes - Cowboy Beans

Cowboy Beans
Printable recipe
Yield: 8-10 servings

2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
2 cans (28 oz. each) baked beans
 cup brown sugar
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup molasses
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. pepper

½ cup barbecue sauce
¼ cup mustard
1 tsp. salt

1-2 tsp. pepper sauce (such as Tabasco, optional)
1 lb. bacon, fried and drained (optional)

Brown and crumble the ground beef in a skillet with the onion and jalapenos. Drain if necessary. Combine the beef mixture with the remaining ingredients. Put the mixture in a large casserole dish. Cover and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes or until heated through and saucy.

*Alternately, you could cook the beef with the onions and jalapenos, draining if necessary. Then combine all ingredients in a slow cooker coated with cooking spray and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

*If you prefer a less saucy dish, drain most of the liquid off the beans and proceed as directed.

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  1. Oh yes, exactly my thing! Must try the cornbread as well :-)

  2. Jamie this is def my kinda eat'n...I gonna fix for the husband,he ain't no cowboy but he is sure gonna like "cowboy" beans,yumO

  3. Sounds delish! Stopping by from FFF this week, so glad to have found your adorable blog! <3 Beth

  4. This looks yummy! Please share this at Weekend Kitchen Creations, Join us, share your delicious creation and get other scrumptious ideas.

  5. Hi Jamie,
    Looks like your Cowboy Beans have a lot of awesome flavor! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. My kids will get a kick out of having cowboy beans for dinner. Thanks for sharing these on foodie friday with us.

  7. I have never heard of these before, but they look and sound good! Thank you for linking up on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back this week to join us again!

  8. I just love baked beans to begin with. Love this even more with your additions. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures

  9. I will have to save this for when we go camping ;)

  10. Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

  11. My grandma used to make Cowboy Beans when all of her grandkids would get together for a week at the farm. They were so delicious! It looks like your recipe is almost identical, too. Thank you so much for bringing back a great food memory. :) If you haven't already, I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

  12. Please link up to my party here :)

  13. These beans sound really good. This seems like a real comfort food and as you say, it is budget friendly!

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I look forward to seeing what you bring to the party next week!

    Cynthia at

  14. Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I'd love to see you back. Have a great week. :)


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