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Crockpot Cowboy Beans

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 4.5 hours, includes cooking the meat
  • Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 15 large servings 1x


Two kinds of meat are combined in these hearty filling beans and they’re crockpot simmered in a tangy and sweet sauce made of molasses and brown sugar.  A great dish for potlucks or outside cool weather gatherings!


Units Scale
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings
  • 3 cans light or dark kidney beans, 15 ounces (I used dark)
  • 3 cans pork and beans, 15 ounces
  • 3 cans white beans, 15 ounces
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses, regular or robust
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard


  1. Add the ground beef and onions to a large skillet and brown until the meat is done.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon and crumble into small pieces, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings.
  3. Open and drain all of the beans except for 1 can of the pork and beans.   Add all the beans, including the can of undrained pork and beans, and meat to the crockpot, followed by the remaining ingredients.  Use a large wooden spoon to mix the ingredients together.
  4. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  5. Serve hot by itself or with some good cornbread muffins on the side.
  6. Recipe adapted from Barefeet In The Kitchen


You need to use a large crockpot for this recipe, see my pictures above recipe.  It makes a huge amount of beans.