Cowboy Bake Beans Recipe
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Cowboy Bake Beans Recipe

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All our friends love this tastes so good with ground beef and a blend of different beans. Brown sugar and mustard are a nice accent to the tomato paste.—Linda Biggs, Canfield, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut wax beans, drained
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 457 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 964mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 12g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/2 hours or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Cowboy Baked Beans can also be heated in a slow cooker on low for 5-6 hours. Cook and drain the beef and onion as directed before adding to the slow cooker with the remaining ingredients.
Originally published as Cowboy Bake Beans in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p196

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AshGren User ID: 4537180 46927
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"I have been using this recipe for years! I have yet to meet anyone who does not like it! I really want to find a chili recipe that is similar to this!!! Anyone have one?????"

ctmom05 User ID: 981118 29299
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Iv'e got a batch of Cowboy bake Beans in the crockpot now.

I did change things around a little - I added stew beef instead of ground beef. I used 4 cans of the same variety of beans, instead of the recommended mix of 5.
In addition, I diced a fresh tomato into the mix and used less brown sugar, as the full amount would have been sweeter than I like."

dfskeens User ID: 4573490 46877
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"everyone loved these, and they are so easy to make"

susanna823 User ID: 4365431 46875
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"I always make this in the crockpot. Often I carry it to church potluck suppers or family cookouts. It is always popular. I have shared this recipe with many friends. I use whatever types of beans I have on hand -- even frozen green beans and butterbeans. It is very forgiving of bean types. Instead of condensed tomato soup, I use tomato sauce. Great as a main dish served with brown rice."

kk5219 User ID: 2101518 29297
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"This is a very tasty version of baked beans I would and do serve at all my BBQ's a very must try."

Lonipop User ID: 572671 82402
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"I am trying the recipe today, but why does the caption mention tomato PASTE??"

spellbinder User ID: 3300444 29134
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2008

"This is a great recipe! I substitute some fresh sausage and baked ham for some of the hamburger, using about 1/3 of each meat and put the ham bone in the pot too."

TrueBake User ID: 1367833 82370
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2008

"I love this recipe. It is easy and makes a great potluck dish. Friends always want me to bring this great side, it goes with anything."

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