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brian's favorite cowboy beans

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Kimi Gaines
orlando, FL

My son Brian will eat these for a week. He absolutely loves them. Whatever beans you have throw them in. I put different beans in each time depending on what is in the cupboard. Great for a potluck, camping, or picnic.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These hearty baked beans are full of meat and a variety of beans (which makes them a little different than other recipes). This makes a huge amount and is meant to serve a crowd, but can easily be scaled back. We loved the texture and flavor of the different beans (we opted for Great Northern/white beans). Tangy and sweet, there is just a hint of savoriness and spice. A wonderful side dish for summer cookouts.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For brian's favorite cowboy beans

  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 lb
    bacon, cooked, cut into pieces
  • 1 can
    baked beans (55 oz)
  • 2 can
    your favorite beans (kidney, Great Northern, lima beans, etc, 15.5 oz each)
  • 1 md
    onion, chopped
  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    BBQ sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    dark molasses
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • splash of vinegar
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    prepared mustard

How To Make brian's favorite cowboy beans

  • Frying bacon in a Dutch oven.
    In a large stockpot, put cut up bacon pieces and fry till crisp.
  • Draining fried bacon on a paper towel.
    Drain on a paper towel.
  • Frying hamburgers and onions.
    In the same pot, fry hamburger and onions; drain.
  • All ingredients added to the Dutch oven.
    Put all ingredients back in the pot and combine.
  • Baked beans poured into a large baking dishl
    Place in a deep 13x9 baking dish. Cook for 1 hr on 325 F.