Old Fashioned 15 Beans Cowboy Style

This easy recipe is so hearty recipe for old fashioned barbecued beans is a favorite at any gathering!

These cowboy-style beans are the perfect side dish or can be a whole meal with the addition of ground beef added.

We usually omit the meats for our cookouts and use these beans as a side dish with hamburgers, hotdogs, and other favorite grilled meats.

Loaded with 15 types of beans, with the additional flavors of ham or bacon this side dish is over the top delicious.

Adding ground beef is an option, to this family favorite and is frequently served up during the cooler months.

The cowboy-style beans are great with for a large crowd when serving at friends or family gatherings, game day, cookouts, potlucks, and party events.

We love to serve them with pulled chicken, pulled pork or any style hamburgers.

These can even be a topping for rice or baked potatoes!

We usually add the ground beef during the winter months and this would act more like a hearty chili than a side dish.

Either way, everyone loves these tasty beans, packed with delicious flavors and that addition of bacon or ham is what gives this comfort food it's the character.

Beans and Meats

Real cowboy beans have ground beef in them always.

I make this bean recipe two different ways, when it's a cookout, I omit the meats since there is usually an abundance of grilled options to choose from and these beans will be just a side dish.

For game day and events, the meat goes in and these beans become more like a hearty chili.

You can adapt the recipe as needed.

Either way, the beans will get their smoky flavor from the bacon or ham used and if you prefer to add lots of meat, you can even use any leftover chunks of ham or a lot more crumbled cooked bacon.

These beans are delicious both ways.

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 pound package of 15 beans with a ham flavoring packet Water or chicken stock kosher salt sliced bacon, ham chopped up garlic granulated garlic powder ketchup dark brown sugar honey molasses yellow mustard Worchestershire sauce salt and pepper to taste vegetable oil or use bacon grease optional items: ground beef around 1 pound, onions, oregano dried, jalapeno peppers, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce


You can make this recipe in half or make the whole recipe and use the leftovers for different toppings for another meal.

As I mentioned you can add ground beef for chili, use this as a topping over rice, pasta or baked potatoes.

Beans don't freeze very well and the flavor and texture are compromised although some folks say it's ok, I dislike them frozen.

You can try a little in a container and see if it's something you like, it's a matter of preference in taste, they, however, can be frozen if you have a ton leftover.

Change it Up

You don't have to use the variety of beans I chose to make in this recipe.

Navy beans, black beans, butter beans, any kinds of dried beans work great.

Adapt this recipe and change it to what kinds of beans you like.

You can add any kinds of meats you prefer as well if you're turning it into a chili you can even use ground chicken, turkey or even venison for a change in flavors.

Sweet or Hot?

You will have to determine what your family likes.

The options are many for heat.

You can adjust the heat but starting out with a little and add as needed to taste.

Suggestions for heat or a few hot jalapeno peppers added to the pot, cayenne pepper or hot sauce.

You will have to make that call!

Using Dried Beans

The beans skin has more resistance, which means each bean is a tiny package of chewy, pillowy, creamy flavor.

The soft mushy kind is more common in canned beans nowhere near as creamy tasting.

Dried beans are always cheaper than the ones in the can.

Soak them, slow cook them in the crockpot, or just boil them.

Put your beans in a pot and cover them in a few inches of water.

Throw the whole for in your refrigerator overnight.

Don't forget to rinse them off the next day.

Forgot to soak your beans?

Just put those beans in a pot, cover them with water, bring them up to a boil, and then cover the pot and turn off the heat.

Let them sit for at least a half an hour in the hot water, drain them, and on with the recipe.

Note: doing them quickly may need more liquid when making this recipe added.


Soaking the beans in salt water prevents them from bursting and gives them an even creamier texture. Beans also can actually do these in a slow cooker method, however, do not go past 6 hours of soaking time. Bacon or ham gives the beans their must-have smoky and meaty flavor. Boiling the beans as directed on the package with ham flavor is also recommended Slowly cooking the beans will infuse the taste into the beans with better flavors. For spicy beans, add a few jalapeno peppers to the pot while cooking, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne sauce or hot sauce to taste. Serving suggestions with beans: pulled pork, barbecue chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, kielbasa, corn on the cob, twice baked potatoes

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Camping Style

These old fashioned beans will take you right to the feeling of being on a camping trip!

Better yet, if you go on a camping trip bring a batch with you, they taste great reheated or with an addition of chopped hotdogs in the pot!

You can have a few meals with the leftovers using this recipe for topping all kinds of pasta, rice or baked potatoes!

Happy trails and enjoy these delicious homemade old fashioned beans.

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With ImageWithout Image 15 Bean Cowboy Barbecued Beans Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo prep time: 11 Mcook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 H & 11 M This is a delicious barbecue homemade sauce called cowboy beans. There are 15 kinds of beans with ham or bacon-flavored sweet sauce. You can adjust the heat as you like it. ingredients: 1 pound 15 beans with ham flavoring picked over and rinsed soaked for 7 hours (or overnight in water or use a slow cooker on low for 6 to 7 hours) then drained or use any kind of dried beans like Northern white beans if you prefer Water or chicken stock 2 to 3 cups or as much 6 cups depending on how soft the beans are when you started. I usually have mine cooked soft and use 2 cups of liquid. 2 tablespoons kosher salt 8 ounces sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips or honey spiral leftover ham chopped up 3 cloves minced garlic 1 tablespoon granulated garlic powder 1 1/2 cups ketchup 2/3 cup dark brown sugar 1/3 cup honey 1/4 cup molasses 2 tablespoons yellow mustard 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce salt and pepper to taste 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil or use bacon grease Optional: 1 pound of ground hamburger cooked and drained Optional: 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for heat or use 2 tablespoons hot sauce, 1/2 cup minced onions. (I don't add onion as they get stronger in flavors in leftovers which are not preferred by our taste) Note: Recipe can be cut in half and use the other 1/2 pound beans for making soup.  instructions: How to cook 15 Bean Cowboy Barbecued Beans Heat oil and add the garlic to a large deep sauce pot and saute, stirring occasionally, until garlic just softens around 3 minutes. ( If you like onions use them at this step also,) Stir in chicken stock reserved bacon or ham, and beans and cooked hamburger if using.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer. Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, honey, molasses, mustard, vinegar. Simmer the mixture with beans for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.  These can also, these can be done in a slow cooker for 4 to 6 hours on high. Cook until beans are tender throughout and the sauce has thickened, you will have to test them to your liking, usually around an extra hour or so. Note for cooking methods: You can transfer all to a slow cooker which takes on low 4 to 6 hours or continues them on top of the stove until the beans and sauce have thickened around 1 hour. The oven will take around 2 hours on 300 degrees, (in a large greased deep casserole dish) just keep tasting the beans to see if they are softened and if the sauce is thick but not dry, add more water if needed or chicken stock. These can also be done in an instant pot follow the instructions in the manual for slow cooking or pressure cooking. Serve as a side dish with your favorite style barbecue foods. IE: Barbecued Chicken, corn on the cob and Texas garlic toast. Calories
325 Sat. Fat (grams)
11 Carbs (grams)
18 Fiber (grams)
27 Sugar (grams)
19 Sodium (milligrams)
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