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Cowboy Bean Casserole

ranch style beans

Cowboy Beans are very popular in the south.  The concept is to have a hearty, delicious, one-dish recipe.  They combine your meat-based protein, with a variety of different beans, so the dish will certainly satisfy even the hearties of appetites.  They also pack in a lot of flavor, which is never a bad thing!

The History of My Cowboy Bean Casserole Recipe

Over the years, I have tried a lot of different variations of this dish.  I have yet to meet a bean that I didn’t like, and thus, I have enjoyed every version of Cowboys Beans or Ranch Style Beans that I have ever had.  Because there are so many different variations on the dish, I have lots of different recipes in my collection.  From my mother’s recipe cards to cookbooks, including many a church congregation book, there are many versions.

My Confession

ranch style beans
Cowboy Bean Casserole

Now, I would like to share a true confession.  I hate to follow recipes.  Shocking, I know.  I cook by feel, smell, appearance, and most importantly, taste.  Although, I love cookbooks, and I own a ton of them, I do not like to be restricted to the specifics.  Instead, they are inspiration to me.  I get flavor combinations, and ideas.  I then take those ideas and run with them.  Sometime the final result is very similar to the recipe.  I have also learned to strictly adhere to some of my mother’s classic.  On the other hand, sometimes, the final product is very different from the original recipe, and I am okay with that.  In fact, many times, I like the end result better, because it is tailored to my preferences.

So, how do I handle having many different versions of the same recipe.  Obviously, I pick and choose what I like from each.  I then blend it together to come up with what I like, which is exactly what I did here.

Ingredients:

ranch style beans
Cowboy Beans
  • Two pounds of lean ground beef
  • A large onion, chopped
  • Pork and Beans – 1 can
  • Black Beans – 1 can (drained)
  • Kidney Beans – 1 can (drained)
  • Lima Beans – 1 can (drained)
  • Tomato Sauce – 1 small can
  • 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of Mustard
  • 1 cup of BBQ sauce
  • A teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 cup of Bacon Crumbles
  • 1 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce

Directions:

In a saucepan, brown the beef and onion over medium high heat.  Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Make sure to stir beef and onion until beef is browned.

Ranch Style Beans
Cowboy Beans

Once the meat mixture is ready, thoroughly combine your beef and onion with all other ingredients, then pour mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.

This dish is delicious with Old Fashion Cornbread, or if you are feeling adventurous, with Mexican Cornbread!



 

Cowboy Bean Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Cowboy Bean Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can of Pork and Beans
  • 1 can of Black Beans
  • 1 can of Kidnen Beans (drained)
  • 1 can of Lima Beans
  • 1 small can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of Mustard
  • 1 cup of BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 cup of Bacon Crumbles
  • 1 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, mix the beef and onion of medium high heat
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Stir beef and onion until beef is browned
  4. Thoroughly combine beef and onion with all other ingredients
  5. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes
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