Crock Pot Cowboy Beans are a hearty and filling side dish made with a pound a beef, a pound of bacon, and three kinds of beans, all slow-simmered in a sweet and tangy brown sugar molasses sauce.


1 pound ground beef
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 tbsps bacon drippings
3 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
3 (15 ounce) cans white beans
3 (15 ounce) cans pork and beans
3 small onions, diced
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
3 tbsps yellow mustard


1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and onions until the meat is no longer pink; drain.

2. Drain and rinse all of the beans except for one can of pork and beans.  Combine the beans, cooked ground beef and onions, and remaining ingredients to your crock pot.

3. Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.


This recipe makes a TON of beans.  Plan to use a large oval crockpot or halve the recipe.  I served 20 people and still had leftovers, but everyone was more than willing to take some home!

Source: Barefeet in the Kitchen