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Best Ever Cowboy Baked Beans

Cowboy Beans are a great side dish or main course...it makes the perfect dish for potlucks, cookouts, camping trips, or parties. This delicious recipe is made with a variety of beans, ground beef, and delicious bacon. Cooked over a grill in a skillet adds even more flavor, but isn't required.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cowboy beans, grill, skillet
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 people
Author Abbey


  • Cast Iron Skillet


  • 1 lb ground beef, browned
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 2 tbsp bacon drippings
  • 3 15 oz cans kidney beans
  • 3 15 oz cans white beans
  • 3 15 oz cans pork and beans
  • 3 small onions, diced
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 tbsp yellow mustard


  • In a large cast iron skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Drain and crumble.
  • In the same cast iron skillet, cook the ground beef and onions until the meat is no longer pink, drain off excess liquid.
  • Drain off all the beans except for one can of pork and beans, Combine the beans, cooked beef, bacon, and onions and remaining ingredients.
  • Cook on grill until hot and beans are tender. Optional: Cook in oven on 350 until beans are cooked well if grill not available.