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Mom’s Recipe for Cowboy Baked Beans

  • Author: Melissa


A hearty side dish for potlucks and BBQ’s


Units Scale
  • 1/2 lb. of sirloin ground beef
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. of yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. of chili powder
  • 153 oz. can of pinto beans
  • 1/2 lb. of bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. Cook the beef and onion together in a skillet until the beef is cooked through and the onion is translucent
  2. In a large baking dish, mix beef, onions, bacon, sugar, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, chili powder, and beans
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes


Make-Ahead and Storage:

How long will these Baked Beans Last in the Refrigerator?

Because this recipe has meat cooked into it, it’s best to eat them within 5 days of making them

How do I Store Leftover Homemade Baked Beans?

Use an airtight container and place leftover beans in the refrigerator

Can you Freeze Baked Beans?

Yes. You’ll want to allow the baked beans to cool completely before you transfer them to a container for freezing. Place the cooled baked beans in the freezer and freeze for up to 6 months

Defrosting Frozen Baked Beans: Baked beans can be defrosted by thawing them at room temperature or by thawing them overnight in the fridge. To heat them back up, place them in a covered saucepan on a stovetop and cook over low heat or bake them covered with foil to retain the moisture

Can I Make Cowboy Baked Beans in Advance?

Yes. You’ll probably want to serve these beans the day that you make them and keep them warm at all times. But, you can make them a day in advance and reheat them before serving

Reheating: Place foil over the baking dish and place in an oven set to 350 degrees for around 20 minutes – or until warmed through

  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American