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Your new favorite potluck side dish! Loaded with bacon and beef in a sweet and tangy sauce, these Cowboy Baked Beans are a quick and easy crowd-pleasing addition to any summer cookout. The beans can be prepared in the oven or in the slow cooker, for a simple solution that comes together with just 15 minutes of prep!

Cowboy Baked Beans are an easy side dish recipe for summer potlucks!

It’s May, y’all! You know what that means?! Summer is practically here!

While I’m excited for the season of potlucks, parties, and vacations, I always get a wee bit anxious when I think of having all 3 of my boys at home with me every day…for 3 months. I’m about to morph into my role as official Camp Counselor around here, in an effort to keep everyone busy, entertained, and NOT fighting. Wish me luck with that!

But instead of panicking about our changing summer schedule, I’m choosing to embrace all of the wonderful parts of the upcoming season — like juicy burgers, grilled chicken, and baked beans!

Overhead image of Easy Baked Beans with ground beef and bacon in a casserole dish

An Easy Baked Beans Recipe!

But not just any baked beans!

I created the ultimate Cowboy Baked Beans, which are the baked beans that even your non-baked-bean-loving husband will embrace…because of bacon…and beef!

That’s right, I’ve loaded up the classic ho-hum baked beans with tons of satisfying, filling, and flavorful ingredients that turn them into a mouthwatering treat.

Cowboy Baked Beans that can be prepared in the oven or in the slow cooker

These particular baked beans are so hearty and delicious that they can even serve as an entree! Use the leftovers to top baked potatoes or Texas Toast, or mix the beans with some rice to prepare stuffed peppers.

How long do you bake beans in the oven?

This simple homemade baked beans recipe only requires about 15-minutes of prep before it goes in the oven. The beans bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 40 minutes, or until the beans are hot and bubbly and the sauce has thickened.

If it’s hot outside and you’d rather not turn on the oven, you can also simmer these Cowboy Baked Beans in your Crock Pot! See the recipe below for those additional instructions.

Enjoy, have fun this season, and let me know if you have any magical ideas for keeping 4, 7, and 8-year-old boys out of trouble this summer!

Overhead image of Cowboy Baked Beans for an easy cookout or potluck side dish.

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Cowboy Baked Beans

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings 5 cups
Calories 242.6 kcal
Your new favorite potluck side dish! Loaded with bacon and beef in a sweet and tangy sauce, these Cowboy Baked Beans are a quick and easy crowd-pleasing addition to any summer cookout. The beans can be prepared in the oven or in the slow cooker, for a simple solution that comes together with just 15 minutes of prep!

Ingredients
  

  • ½ lb. ground beef
  • 6 slices uncooked bacon, diced
  • ¾ cup diced onion
  • 2 cans pork & beans (15 ounces each)
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown ground beef and bacon in the skillet until no longer pink. Drain.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 1 ½-quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together cooked beef and cooked bacon with the remaining ingredients.
  • Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, for about 40 minutes (or until hot and bubbly and sauce has thickened).

Notes

Alternate slow cooker method:
Place the cooked beef and bacon in a 3-quart slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or on LOW for 4-6 hours. Remove cover during the final 30 minutes of cooking in order to allow the sauce to thicken slightly.
Cooking for a Smaller Family? You can cut the recipe ingredients in half and bake the beans in a 1-quart casserole dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 cupCalories: 242.6kcalCarbohydrates: 45.3gProtein: 9.8gFat: 6.4gSaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 791mgFiber: 4.5gSugar: 21.4g
Keyword: baked beans, potluck, side dish
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan
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    1. Hi, Gail! I haven’t actually tried freezing the leftovers myself, but I think that should work just fine! 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    I made these last week for the first time and everyone LOVED THEM! I did add a green pepper coz I like ’em like that. Will make again.

  2. wonderful especially from a non baked beans person. I had these at a family barbecue and loved them . I them made them at home. Now it is a favorite dish at home and at my church pot luck. Yum

    1. Hey, Fred! If you’re serving them as a side dish, they’re filling and 1/2 cup is a standard serving size on most cans of store-bought baked beans. That said, I offer the information so that you know how much the recipe yields and you can adjust your serving sizes according to how much you enjoy. No judgment if you want more! 🙂

  3. I was wondering can u use baked beans in a can and omit the pork and beans brown sugar ketchup apple cider vinegar yellow mustard and salt cuz if I’m correct the pork and beans ketchup brown sugar apple cider vinegar yellow mustard and salt makes them into baked beans so could you take and just do the half pound ground beef the six slices of bacon The Onion and baked beans and omit the pork and beans ketchup brown sugar vinegar yellow mustard and salt would that be possible thank you for your time please get back to me ASAP Jay

    1. Hi, Jay! You can sub canned baked beans for the canned pork and beans, but I’d still use the other ingredients as well so that the dish works. If you prefer to try it with your suggested changes, that may work too. It will just be a different dish with a different taste. Let me know if you give it a shot!