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5 from 3 votes

Beef & Bacon Baked Beans (aka Cowboy Beans)

Cowboy Beans are a great side, main course or even appetizer for potlucks and parties. Made with beans, ground beef, bacon in a rich and flavorful sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cowboy beans
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 435kcal
Author: Kristin


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bacon diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 28 ounce can Van Kamps Pork & Beans
  • 15 ounce can beans any kind, or a blend
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 18 ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat a 5 quart dutch oven or other oven safe, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and heat for one minute. Add ground beef, bacon, garlic and onion. Stir, cooking until ground beef is no longer pink. Drain most of the liquid from the pan.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir. Cover dutch oven and bake beans in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes.


Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 1095mg | Potassium: 615mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg