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Friday, July 13, 2018

MiMi's Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans

Serve up meaty delicious cowboy beans at your next bbq. They are a hearty and easy to make side dish that is made right in your slow cooker! 

      Nothing says summer bbq like some slow cooked beans. These meaty cowboy beans have a thick sauce that has the perfect balance of sweet and savory. They are a perfect side for potlucks, bbqs and carry ins too!

      MiMi has been making these beans for years. In fact we have been saying we need to get pictures almost from the beginning of the blog.

     The problem is she usually makes them when we are preparing for a crowd and it's hard to slow down and take pictures.

    So when I was thinking of sides to make for our 4th of July get together, these instantly came to mind. They are quick to throw together, they feed an army and the leftovers freeze well so they win on all fronts.

    The original recipe was from South Your Mouth, but MiMi has adjusted it over the years to adapt for our large gatherings and we add black beans and green peppers for color and variety.

     Cowboy beans are almost hearty enough to be a meal on their own, but we normally serve them with pulled pork or hamburgers and hot dogs.

     So take it easy on yourself and make some cowboy beans for your next gathering!

Some more of our favorite side dishes for a bbq:

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MiMi's Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans
side dish, slow cooker, BBQ
Yield: 36 servings

MiMi's Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans

Serve up meaty delicious cowboy beans at your next bbq. They are a hearty and easy to make side dish that is made right in your slow cooker!
prep time: 15 minscook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 hours and 15 mins


  • 1 pound ground beef (also great with venison!)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 7 pound can of pork and beans (large industrial can)
  • 2 15 ounce cans black beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard


  1. Dice the onion and pepper. 
  2. Brown the meat, seasoned with salt and pepper.  Add the onion and pepper until softened slightly. 
  3. Drain any free liquid off the top of the pork and beans and then pour into a 6 quart slow cooker.  Drain and rinse the black beans and add to the pot. 
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients including the meat and veggies. 
  5. Cook on low for at least 4 hours, but as long as 8.  
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Shared at The Weekend Potluck


  1. Cannot wait to cook up a big ole pot of these for my Crew! Happy Friday beautiful friend!

    1. They are the perfect side for cookouts! Thanks, Andrea!

  2. Oh yum Carlee. I've never had beans with beef like this!! Go Mimi, yet again.


    1. It makes for such a hearty and delicious side dish! Thanks :-)

  3. Hi Carlee, this sounds good and perfect for a winter warmer after one of our walks. I did dig the slowcooker out to cook some chickpeas for salads, but other than that it's on a summer break.


  4. I could definitely make a whole meal just out of these beans!! Yum! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy....PINNED!

  5. I love slow cooker recipes and I love almost all beans. This recipe sounds perfect. Thank you for sharing.


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