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MiMi’s Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans

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Serve up meaty delicious cowboy beans at your next bbq. They are a hearty and easy to make side dish that is made right in your slow cooker!

close up bowl of thick baked beans with meat

      Nothing says summer bbq like some slow cooked beans. These meaty cowboy beans have a thick sauce that has the perfect balance of sweet and savory. They are a perfect side for potlucks, bbqs and carry ins too!

      MiMi has been making these beans for years. In fact we have been saying we need to get pictures almost from the beginning of the blog.

slow cooker full of thick bean mixture.

     The problem is she usually makes them when we are preparing for a crowd and it’s hard to slow down and take pictures.

    So when I was thinking of sides to make for our 4th of July get together, these instantly came to mind. They are quick to throw together, they feed an army and the leftovers freeze well so they win on all fronts.

ground beef and diced green peppers on top of beans in slow cooker.

    The original recipe was from South Your Mouth, but MiMi has adjusted it over the years to adapt for our large gatherings and we add black beans and green peppers for color and variety.

bowl of cowboy beans ready to eat.

     Cowboy beans are almost hearty enough to be a meal on their own, but we normally serve them with pulled pork or hamburgers and hot dogs.

     So take it easy on yourself and make some cowboy beans for your next gathering!

plate with burger, beans and tomato cucumber salad.

Some more of our favorite side dishes for a bbq:

Yield: 36 Servings

MiMi's Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans

bowl of cowboy beans ready to eat.

Nothing says summer bbq like some slow cooked beans. These meaty cowboy beans have a thick sauce that has the perfect balance of sweet and savory. They are a perfect side for potlucks, bbqs and carry ins too!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (also great with venison!)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 7 pound can of pork and beans (large industrial can)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard

Instructions

  1. Dice the onion and pepper.
  2. Brown the meat, seasoned with salt and pepper. Add the onion and pepper until softened slightly.
  3. Drain any free liquid off the top of the pork and beans and then pour into a 6 quart slow cooker. Drain and rinse the black beans and add to the pot.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients including the meat and veggies.
  5. Cook on low for at least 4 hours, but as long as 8.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 489mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 9g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Nothing says summer bbq like some slow cooked beans. These meaty cowboy beans have a thick sauce that has the perfect balance of sweet and savory. They are a perfect side for potlucks, bbqs and carry ins too!

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Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Monday 20th of August 2018

This is like dinner in a bowl...hand me a spoon! Thanks for joining Crockpot Monday today!

Carlee

Saturday 25th of August 2018

I think so too, I could definitely make a meal of them! Thank you!

Sue Lau

Monday 20th of August 2018

I've been loving cowboy beans since the beginning of time! Glad to see a great slow cooker recipe for them.

Carlee

Saturday 25th of August 2018

They are so hearty and delicious, aren't they?

Anonymous

Wednesday 25th of July 2018

These beans sound so good Carlee. I love recipes for the slow cooker! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party!

Carlee

Saturday 25th of August 2018

Me too! Especially for a party, making a side or two ahead in the slow cooker makes it easier to enjoy your guests!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 22nd of July 2018

I love these kind of bean dishes! I've never tried freezing them though, I might make them more often now knowing that it freezes well!

Carlee

Saturday 25th of August 2018

You definitely should give that a try! It's a lot to eat at once, but packaging the leftovers in meal sized portions makes it really easy to serve up sides later too!

Amy

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

I love slow cooker recipes and I love almost all beans. This recipe sounds perfect. Thank you for sharing.

Carlee

Sunday 22nd of July 2018

I am sure you will love these then!