If you are looking for the perfect dish to pass at your next BBQ, you need to make our cowboy baked beans for a crowd. Everyone will dig in and enjoy every last bite of these cowboy style baked beans.
You can make these loaded baked beans the same day you need them, or make them the night before and heat them back up the day of. Either way, they are seriously to die for.
When you bring these to a get together, they will easily be the star of the show against any of the other sides. The flavor you get between the bacon, ground beef, onion and the other ingredients is wonderful.
Make this recipe to share at your next potluck or even our red potato salad, Mom’s easy potato salad, or our BBQ macaroni salad recipe are perfect to bring a long too! Honestly you can’t go wrong with any of them. Maybe even try a new one every weekend!
Ingredients You Need to For Our Cowboy Baked Beans Recipe:
- Ground beef
- Onion, chopped
- Bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Pork and beans cans
- Kidney beans
- Brown sugar
- Liquid smoke
How To Make Our Cowboy Baked Beans Recipe:
Start by browning the ground beef in a large skillet with the diced onion until it is cooked all the way through over medium high heat.
Then after the beef is cooked, be sure to drain the grease otherwise it will pool when everything is combined.
Now, in another frying pan, cook your bacon and crumble it into small bite sized pieces and then add it into the pan with the ground beef.
NOTE: Be sure to have your bacon cooked as it will not cook all the way through and have that wonderful crispy taste if you skip this step.
Now it is time to add in the cans of pork and beans, drained kidney beans, ketchup, brown sugar, liquid smoke, and a little salt to taste.
Mix everything together and let it simmer for at least 10 minutes to be sure that everything is cooked through and the flavors can marinate together a bit.
Once it is done simmer, feel free to serve it then, or let it cool down and store it for when you need it.
To Make This Loaded Baked Beans Recipe You Will Need:
- Large skillet
- Medium skillet
Liquid Smoke, Do You Need it?
I would argue that the liquid smoke does add great flavor to this dish, but if you can’t find it in your local grocery store, you can either get it on Amazon HERE or you can find something to replace the flavor.
Tastylicious has a wonderful list of 9 of the best substitutes for liquid smoke. So, if you don’t happen to have any on hand, take a look and see if you might have one of the substitutes to use in its place.
Slow Cooked Beans
One thing that is awesome about this recipe is that if you are short on time and want to prepare part of this recipe before you go to work or other things around the house, all you have to do is prepare the ground beef, onions, and bacon.
Then just throw the cooked meat in the slow cooker along with all of the other ingredients and then set it on low for 3-4 hours and you are good to go!
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Cowboy Baked Beans Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion chopped
- ¾ pound bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- 40 ounces pork and beans 2 (20 ounce cans)
- 16 ounces kidney beans (drain well)
- 1 cup ketchup
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons liquid smoke
- salt, to taste
- Brown meat and saute onion together on medium high heat in a frying pan.
- After the ground beef is cooked through, drain the grease well.
- In another pan cook bacon and crumble into small pieces and add to the meat and onion mixture.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients into the large pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
Slow Cooker Version of this recipe: after you cook your meat, bacon, and onions, and throw all of the ingredients in your slow cooker and cook for 3 to 4 hours on low.
- Medium Skillet
- Large Skillet
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