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The BEST Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans

The very best Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans! This easy recipe is so hearty and filling and just perfect for chilly weather! Loaded with three types of beans, bacon, and beef, this family favorite is frequently served up at holiday gatherings, potlucks, and parties and is a must for game day. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: calico beans, cowboy beans, crockpot, slow cooker
Servings: 12
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 12 oz bacon
  • 1 med onion diced
  • 16 oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 16 oz can white beans drained and rinsed
  • 32 oz pork 'n beans
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 to 2 tbsp liquid smoke


  • In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain and set aside.
  • Add bacon to the skillet and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until cooked through, stirring frequently.
  • Add onions and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add ground beef and bacon mixture to a large 6 quart slow cooker.
  • Add pork 'n beans, drained kidney and white beans, ketchup, brown sugar and liquid smoke.
  • Stir gently to combine. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high 2 to 3 hours, stirring as needed. If the mixture seems a little dry, add a few tablespoons of water.
  • Serve with tortillas chips, corn chips, sour cream, cheese, whatever you want. Anything goes!



Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 807mg | Potassium: 772mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 4mg