Crock Pot Cowboy Beans

Crock Pot Cowboy Beans take classic baked beans and kicks them up with bacon, chili powder, and a rich, sweet, and tangy BBQ sauce mix for the ultimate Tex-Mex baked beans.

Baked beans are a staple at almost any backyard BBQ or summertime party. Of course, we all know the classic BBQ baked beans variation. This cowboy beans recipe takes BBQ baked beans and gives them a Tex-Mex makeover with a few extra ingredients.

Crock Pot Cowboy Beans

Why You'll Love These Beans

  • It uses simple ingredients that you can find in your kitchen or the grocery store.
  • It's an easy recipe; the only effort is mixing the ingredients and turning on the crock pot.
  • It's a budget-friendly meal that uses affordable ingredients.
  • It's the classic side dish for potlucks and backyard parties.


  • Ground beef
  • Bacon - cut into bite-size pieces
  • Yellow onion - diced
  • Canned pork and beans
  • Kidney beans - rinsed and drained
  • Pinto beans - rinsed and drained
  • Ketchup
  • BBQ sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Black pepper
  • Yellow mustard
  • Chili powder
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Flavor Variations and Substitutions

  • You can use ground turkey, chicken, pork, or even chorizo in this recipe.
  • Add extra vegetables like bell peppers or celery for more flavor.
  • You can used diced ham or smoked sausage in place of bacon.
  • Add diced jalapenos or red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
  • Use different beans like navy beans, black beans, or white beans.

How to Make Crock Pot Cowboy Beans

1: Brown the beef, drain it, and add it to the crock pot.

2: Cook the bacon until crisp and add it to the crock pot.

3: Cook the onions in the bacon drippings until translucent and add them to the crock pot.

4: Add all the beans to the crock pot.

5: Mix the ketchup, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, black pepper, mustard, and chili powder. Then, pour it over the beef and beans and stir.

6: Cook the beans until the flavors have melded. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Cowboy Beans


  • Be sure to drain and rinse your canned kidney and pinto beans. The bean liquid is full of starch and will alter the texture of the final recipe.
  • Mix your sauce ingredients before adding them to the¬†crock pot to ensure the flavors meld properly.
  • If you choose to add diced jalapenos, wash your hands thoroughly and never touch your face.


Mix the BBQ sauce mixture before adding to the crock pot to ensure all the flavors are combined.


Refrigerate the beans for up to 4 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, freeze them in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

To reheat the beans, place them in a saucepan with a few tablespoons of water and cook over medium-low until heated through.

Crock Pot Cowboy Beans
PREP TIME  15minutes 
COOK TIME  3hours 
TOTAL TIME  3hours  15minutes 
COURSE  Side Dish
CUISINE  American
CALORIES  365 kcal


  • Your Favorite Crock Pot


  • 1¬†lb¬†ground beef
  • ¬Ĺ¬†lb¬†bacon¬†(cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1¬†medium¬†yellow onion¬†(diced)
  • 2¬†(16 oz)¬†cans of pork and beans
  • 1¬†(15.5 oz)¬†can kidney beans¬†(rinsed and drained)
  • 1¬†(15.5 oz)¬†can pinto beans¬†(rinsed and drained)
  • 1¬†cup¬†ketchup
  • ¬ľ¬†cup¬†barbecue sauce
  • ¬Ĺ¬†cup¬†brown sugar
  • 1¬†tsp¬†black pepper
  • 1¬†tbsp¬†yellow mustard
  • ¬Ĺ¬†tsp¬†chili powder


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add hamburger and cook until browned. It takes about 5-7 minutes, then drain and add to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Add chopped bacon to the skillet and cook until crisp. It takes about 4-5 minutes, then add bacon into the slow cooker. Add onion to the bacon drippings and cook until translucent. It takes about 5-6 minutes. Drain and add to the slow cooker.
  • Add pork and beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans to the slow cooker.
  • Add ketchup, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, black pepper, mustard, and chili powder in a medium bowl. Mix until well combined and pour over ground beef and beans. Then, mix until well combined.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 5-6 hours.
  • Serve while hot, and enjoy!

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