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This cowboy beans recipe is sweet bean perfection. Loaded with bacon and ground beef, these could be a meal in themselves!

Cowboy Beans

These cowboy beans make for a hearty dinner that any hungry cowboy or cowgirl would love. Loaded with beef and beans in a sweet and savory sauce, it's hard to go wrong here.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword beans, easy side dish recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 348kcal


  • 1 package Hurst's Slow Cooker Bacon & Beans
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Rinse and sort through the beans, discarding any debris. Place in a large bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight or for 8 hours.
  • Add the ground beef to a 5.5 quart dutch oven and brown, crumbling as it cooks. Remove from the pan and drain the grease.
  • Dice the bacon and add to the dutch oven. Cook, stirring often, until crisp.
  • Add the onion and jalapeno the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Return the ground beef to the pan with the bacon and vegetables.
  • Drain the beans and add to the pan. Cover with 7 cups of water.
  • Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, and molasses.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook, covered, for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Stir every 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the seasoning packet that came with the beans along with the the salt and pepper. Cook for 30 minutes more, uncovered.


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 859mg | Potassium: 339mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.3mg