Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans


This cowboy beans recipe delivers a hearty dish of beans, ground beef, and bacon in a sweet and tangy sauce.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins

These cowboy beans, baked beans with a meaty twist, are full of simple ingredients and hearty flavor.

What Are Cowboy Beans? 

Cowboy beans (a.k.a. chuckwagon) is a southwestern dish consisting of beans, ground beef, bacon, and other ingredients. Full of barbecue flavor, this side pairs perfectly with all kinds of entrees. 

Cowboy Bean Ingredients

These are the simple ingredients you’ll need to make this cowboy beans recipe: 

  • Meat: Bacon and ground beef take regular baked beans up a notch. 
  • Beans: You’ll need canned baked beans with pork, kidney beans, and lima beans. 
  • Onions: Two diced onions add tons of flavor. 
  • Ketchup: Use store-bought or homemade ketchup
  • Brown sugar: A cup of brown sugar lends warmth and sweetness. 
  • Mustard: A teaspoon of prepared mustard lends an extra depth of flavor. 

How to Make Cowboy Beans

You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below – but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make cowboy beans in the slow cooker: 

  1. Cook the meat in a skillet until the beef is brown and crumbly.
  2. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker, then stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Cook, covered, until the mixture is thick and bubbling. 

What to Serve With Cowboy Beans

This hearty and flavorful side will pair beautifully with all your favorite barbecue main dishes. For delicious inspiration, explore our collection of Barbecue and Grilling Recipes. Here are a few of the potluck-perfect recipes you’ll find: 

How to Store Cowboy Beans

Store your leftover cowboy beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove. You can freeze cowboy beans for up to four months.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“Great recipe,” raves Heather. “I only used one onion and sautéed it in the bacon grease before adding it to the Crock-Pot. It was delicious! My guest asked for the recipe.”

“This was always a favorite of my husband,” says Kathy Auvil Bledsoe. “I put a few onions and green peppers and a few hot peppers just to give it a little of my own touch. But with or without my own stuff it's a grand dish. A real keeper!”

“I’ve made this just like the recipe says and it tastes fantastic,” according to Brenda. “It’s a real favorite in my family and it’s easy to make too. Definitely a five star recipe!”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ½ pound bacon, chopped

  • 1 (28 ounce) can baked beans with pork

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can lima beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef and bacon together in the hot skillet until beef is browned and crumbly, about 7 to 10 minutes.

  2. Transfer hamburger and bacon into a slow cooker; stir in baked beans with pork, kidney beans, lima beans, onions, ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard.

  3. Cover and cook on Low until thickened and bubbling, at least 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

471 Calories
13g Fat
68g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 471
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 1217mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 762mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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