Easy Crock Pot Cowboy Beans

How to Make Cowboy Beans

5 from 13 reviews

A super easy family friendly recipe of slow cooked to perfection ground beef, ham, crispy bacon, beans and onions all in a slightly sweet tomato based sauce.


  • 6 slices smoked bacon coarsely chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 slices (1/4 inch thick) smoked ham diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) pinto beans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with hatch green chilies (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Kansas City style barbecue sauce (see notes)


  1. In large skillet over medium heat cook bacon until it starts to crisp on the edges. Add ground beef and onion; cook until beef is browned and bacon is crispy. Add ham and cook another 1-2 minutes to get it a little crispy. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat, drain any excess grease and add to crock pot.
  2. To crock pot add beans, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, yellow mustard, ketchup and barbecue sauce.
  3. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4 hours.


If you can not find that kind of diced tomatoes you can use any kind of diced tomato with green chilies in it our even just plain diced tomatoes.
It does not have to be Kansas City style barbecue sauce it just tastes better with it but you can use any brand.

Keywords: cowboy baked beans, old fashioned cowboy beans recipe, chuckwagon cowboy beans recipe

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