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Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans

Cowboy Beans are a hearty dish made in the slow cooker. A family favorite at the holidays!

Cowboy Beans are one of our favorite recipes for the 4th of July. My MIL always makes this recipe and we all love this hearty side dish. The best part is you can start this recipe and then head out to enjoy the days activities and they are done when you return! We like to serve Cowboy Beans as a side dish with potato salad and burgers. I hope you enjoy this easy crockpot side dish!

Mix all ingredients, except the barbecue sauce. Put mixture in crockpot.  Next, pour your barbecue sauce on top of bean mixture. Don’t stir!!  Really don’t do it!  I have no idea why buy my Mother-in-Law swears that is the trick.  Cook on low for 2 hours; then on high for 1 hour.

Be sure to rinse your beans well before adding them to help reduce the sodium.  You could easily serve this as a main dish with sugar cornbread on the side!  We hope you enjoy these cowboy beans as much as our family.  They are a tradition for us and hopefully they will soon become one for you too!

Cowboy Beans

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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:2 hours
Total Time:2 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 lb. browned ground chuck
  • 1 can Great Northern beans
  • 1 can pork and beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 green pepper chopped (optional)


  • Mix all ingredients, except barbecue sauce. Put mixture in crock pot.
  • Put barbecue sauce on top of bean mixture. Don't stir!!
  • Cook on low for 2 hours; then on high for 1 hour.
Servings: 8
Author: Brenda Hice

Easy-Freeze Slow Cooker Directions:

In a zip-loc bag add uncooked ground chuck, beans, onion and green pepper.  Freeze.  When ready to cook thaw in the refrigerator overnight and place into the slow cooker and add bbq sauce. Cook on low for 2 hours and then high for 1 hour.  (You can pre-cook your ground beef or freeze it raw, the choice is yours).


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  1. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. I added a whole chopped poblano pepper and used Jim Beams maple bourbon BBQ sauce with an extra cup for good measure. It was such a huge hit that that I have remade it for and added the recipe to my cook book and shared with friends and family. Thank you for sharing this with the public. Without it I probably never would have found a chili recipe that I loved this much.

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