Cowboy Bacon Beans

Total Time:
4 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
4 hr

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 cups dry pinto beans
  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut into pieces
  • 2 whole green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, optional
  • 2 teaspoons salt, more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper, more to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
Directions

Rinse the beans under cold water, sorting out any rocks/particles. Set aside.

In a heavy pot (cast iron), saute the bacon pieces until halfway cooked and the fat is rendered. Add the green peppers and onions to the pot and cook until starting to get brown, about 3 minutes. Add the beans and cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, and then add the brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, chili powder, salt, pepper and garlic. Reduce the heat to a simmer, place on the lid and cook until the beans are tender and the liquid is thick 3 to 4 hours.


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I made this last night and they were a huge hit.  We added about 3/4 cup of Jack Daniels BBQ sauce also.  I used red bell pepper since I had that on hand.  The beans were tender after 2 hours so I simmered them uncovered for another 2 hours to thicken up the liquid.  PERFECT!!!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love my baked beans sweet so these were perfect.  I used dried beans and followed the recipe exactly.  It took about 4 hours to get them perfectly cooked.  Not sure why a reviewer has a problem with the liquid boiling out.  Make sure you add an inch of water over the beans and cook them on a simmer and they turn out perfectly.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious !!! I won't ever be using canned pork &amp; beans to make baked beans ever again!! This recipe was a big hit with my husband and my 11 and 9 year old grandsons yesterday. I only put a small portion on the 9 year olds plate thinking he wouldn't eat them, but he went back for seconds! The flavor was amazing. Loved the green peppers in this recipe. I've made several of Ree's recipes and have loved them all. First site I go to went searching for a recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor is good, but DO NOT USE SOAKED DRIED BEANS!  I soaked the beans for over 24 hours and they have been cooking in the crock pot on high for over 4 hours now and the beans are still hard! Am now going to cook them for another 2-3 hours. A total of 6-7 hours on HIGH? Something is wrong here. . .<br /><br />I found another recipe for this same bean dish in a "Secret Restaurant Recipes" cookbook and they recommend using canned beans.  Since the flavor is so good, I will try again, but I will definitely be using canned beans!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
All I can say is "This is the Bomb"! Cooking it for the second time for this Sunday's Christmas potluck at the folks' church (along with Ree's "Creamy Rosemary Potatoes). Gonna git stuffed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i came to this site to make sure i had the ingredients correct after watching this episode on tv. this recipe reminds me of one my family use to make during pot luck gatherings. if i remember right you can buy the bulk back pieces raw in a bag at the meat dept. at Walmart for half the price of regular bacon (FYI). totally loved watching Ree's show. she was engaging and my attention span is generally nil... so thanks! i will keep my eyes open for another episode and make sure i have pen and paper nearby. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good recipe. My suggestions for a fool proof outcome-#1 use a heavy pot, preferably a cast iron one, I use my large Le' Cruset. #2 spoon out some of the oil if you're fat-phobic #3 allow for longer cooking time at a low simmer. #4 cut down on the sugar by at least half, then add more as the beans cook if necessary. Great alone or as a side dish! Thanks Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
DOES NOT WORK...EVEN AT LOWEST TEMP WATER IS GONE in 45 MINS AND BEANS NEED 4 HOURS. 3rd TIME COOKING AND LAST TIME. SHE NEEDS TO WATCH RACHAEL RAE FOR BASIC CUTTING AND TALKING WHILE COOKING SKILLS. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh wow!!! #1 item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for a group of city slickers not cowboys but everyone loved them. There were several who came back for a second helping. I used a large can of Bush's pinto beans, 1 cup of sugar and added another 1/4 of catsup. Thought the chili powder would be overwhelming but it blended well. My husband said the recipe was a keeper!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The reason these are too sweet is because on the show and in the video she says to use 3/4 cup of sugar. The posted recipe says a cup. Whoever is in charge of the website should change it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. Followed it exactly - except I used red beans and pinto. Everyone loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time making them: a little too sweet, but otherwise great. Added ham cubes to make them extra yummy. Second time: cut the sugar in half, still added the ham cubes. Winner Winner, cowboy dinner!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I usually like Ree's recipes, but this one was too sweet. The simpler way to make these beans is use bacon, onions, and green peppers, sauté, add water and beans, add the chili powder, 1/2 the brown sugar, and a good bbq sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these beans many times. I pretty much make them as she did but with a little variation. and if there are any type of vegans I don't use bacon or any other type of meat. I do use a combo in small amounts of brown sugar, sweet pickle relish, a tad of molasses and honey. I also add onion and garlic powder along with salt, pepper and a splash of beer. This recipe has always been a hit. I also use this recipe for my BBQ spare ribs with a little extra beer, people love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these beans for a BBQ and everyone loved them! I got so many compliments on them. I used 3/4 cup of brown sugar instead of the whole cup, but would recommend using less. They were a tad sweet for me. I added a little vinegar to lessen the sweetness. Also, I didn't soak the beans overnight. They still turned out amazing. There are a lot left over, hopefully they get better the longer they sit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hay Guys! Be a hero for your lady and your family. I loaded up the kettle yesterday and these beans were FANTASTIC! I asked the Mrs. if she would want them again and she instantly replied "DEFINANTELY". Guys (Gals too!) you can do this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are wonderful! Like the addition of the green peppers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These beans are excellent but if you use dried beans YOU MUST SOAK THEM. This recipe needs to state this. Mine cooked 4 1/2 hours and were still a little hard. But they tasted great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am trying tonight and I will let you know. I am giving it five stars because I have no reason to give it anything less. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Family loved these. Made them the other night. Cut the recipe in half and used 4 cans of pinto beans instead of dried and added 1/2 teaspoon jalapeno but otherwise followed the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I'll be making these again and again! Just be sure to soak them overnight before you cook them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
No more canned bean for me! These beans were loved by everyone... I'd follow any of the suggested tweekers, knowing your own tastes. I used a spicy BBQ sauce and less sugar, but the jalapeño idea sounds great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I usually really like her recipes, but this was a bit sweet for me. Take out most if not all of the brown sugar and they taste great. BETTER using bbq sauce as I did the second time with the beans rather then ketchup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor was good but the beans stayed crunchy. I would highly recommend soaking the beans overnight!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe yesterday after seeing the show and realizing I had all the ingredients on hand. I did substitute two jalapenos for one of the green bell peppers and used about half the sugar that Ree did. My boyfriend loved them and this is a keeper...no more canned beans for me either! Thanks Ree and I am so glad I have all your cookbooks too!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These beans made me feel like I was back home on the range...thank you Ree for a wonderful cowboy bean recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These beans were to die for. YUMMY My family just loved them. Thank you Ree item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love these beans. I have made it several times since it was put on TV. Took them to my mom&amp;#39;s 70th birthday party pot luck and to my surprise they were devoured!! Sorry to my aunt who made chili beans that no one touched. People as me for the recipe all the time. Thanks Ree. Making them tonight for dinner item not reviewed by moderator and published
These beans were sooooo good! We have a lot of company and I know they will all love this. Very easy to do. I like to serve it with cornbread! item not reviewed by moderator and published
No more canned beans for me. These were really good. The first time I made the recipe I made 1/2 of a recipe because a bag of beans is slightly over 2 cups. I followed the recipe to a T. We felt it needed a little something more. The second time I made the recipe I adjusted it just a little. I did the same amount of beans - 1 bag. However, I did not cut back on the seasonings, ketchup, etc. I left out the green pepper and put in a jalapeno. Cut back on the sugar a little since we don&amp;#39;t like our food sweet. I cook the bacon, onion, and jalapeno in the fry pan and then put everything in the croc-pot. I did not add the salt until just before serving. It cooked for about six hours in the croc-pot. Absolutely delicious. Since this makes a large amount and we are a small family I was able to freeze the extra for another day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These beans were delicious! Other than halving the recipe (I was only cooking them for me and my hubby and adding the salt at the very end of the cooking time, I followed the recipe as written. Mine cooked in 4 hours. Will definitely make these again! No, they aren&amp;#39;t a traditional baked beans (I don&amp;#39;t think they claim to be, but they are super good and would definitely go with anything you would normally want to serve with a traditional baked beans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't read reviews first. But my bean package stated in no uncertain terms the beans needed to be soaked, so I did the quick soak, boil 2 min, leave covered 1 hour. Then it said cook 45 min. I went forward as this recipe directed instead, thinking I'd boil any excess liquid down But even with quick soak, beans took 3 1/2 hrs to get to where the shells on them were tender, which I wanted. Also, it took that long to cook down the liquid, tho I did take off the lid for an hour or so. Added a few squirts (I made only 1/3 of recipe of ketchup and mustard at the end to increase flavor. It was good. Not baked beans - good, but a slightly different dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Now this is cooking....an all afternoon event. : For me it took about an hour longer for the beans to become done, otherwise it was very good. Husband gave them thumbs up! It is satisfying to cook from "scratch" like starting with the dried beans. My friends think I am crazy for even wanting to try. I need more "foodie" friends ha ha ! Thanks Ree...this is a good one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVED this recipe the SECOND time I made it! The reason being, I made a few adaptions to the original suiting our family's taste. I'm sure we would have Ree's approval in doing so...if she only knew... #1. I didn't add the chili powder because I wanted the taste of baked beans, not chili beans. #2. I cut the brown sugar measurement down to less than half. #3. I added a huge squirt, maybe 1/3 cup of my favorite BBQ sauce. #4. I cooked the beans at a slightly higher temperature than simmer, stirring it a few times each hour, adding in approximately 2 additional cups of water over the course of the 4 hour cooking time. ***NOTE*** If you follow my method, stick close to your beans because if I hadn't been there to stir and add the water as needed, it would have boiled dry, burned and totally bummed me out!!! ***BRIGHTER NOTE*** Man oh Man these beans made for a delicious meal in itself! They were meaty and absolutely DELICIOUS!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delish! Ree never disappoints!!! Its important to remember that these are cowboy beans and not baked beans - she has an amazing recipe for that as well, but they are different!! If you follow the recipe, there are no issues!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are EASY and sooooo GOOD!!! Follow recipe exactly and you will not be disappointed...I use veggie bacon as I do not eat animals. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will never buy canned again. This was so good, I can't believe people are giving it 1 and 2 stars. The problem isn't that you need to soak the beans, you need to have your heat higher. The beans need to cook at a low boil and they are excellent. I hope my review helps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were delicious! I did not have any issues with the beans not fully cooking and I did NOT soak them overnight. I followed the recipe as written. I cooked them on my stove for about 4 hours on a higher setting to make sure they did fully cook. I watched them and would add water as needed so they didn't burn. If I had to change anything, I would add some chopped jalepenos or cayenne pepper to give it some kick. Would make these again!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
VERY GOOD TASTE THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAD WAS SOME OF THE BEANS DIDNT COOK THROUGHLY. WILL TRY AGAIN BUT WILL SOAK THE BEANS FIRST AND NOT COOK THE ENTIRE 4 HRS item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first dried bean recipe that I have tried in over a decade. I found these beans to be very flavorful and had just the right texture. It had a touch of sweetness without being too sweet. I used the optional chili powder and I simmered on the lowest temperature overnight because it was late and I was tired. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I filed it in My Recipe Box under "Needs Improvement". item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wish I would have read the reviews before proceeding too...the flavor is really good, but the cook time is WAY OFF and after 6 hours we ate a very delayed Father's Day meal of uncooked baked beans (and other items. Sorry Dad! SOAK YOUR BEANS OVERNIGHT!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy &amp; worth the cook time. I didn't soak my beans, but they were firm after 3 hours so I let them cook another 1-1.5 hours. My husband and 5 year old son loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very easy recipe to put together, and the great taste will make your guests think it's complicated. Wonderful flavors! Because of the reviews stating that the beans did not become tender through the cooking process, I did soak them overnight. Tenderness not an issue. We would make this again, and I'm thinking it will be soon. As an additional note, the next evening we added chicken/apple sausage to the mix, and this is a wonderful way to use the leftovers. The flavors were enhanced overnight. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I admit I was skeptical, but I followed this recipe to a tee. However, 1 lb of bacon, really? I chopped it and cooked it up, to find oodles of bacon fat. So much that I had to pour most of it out. Ree did not do this on tv. Then, after following the recipe, cooking the beans more than 5 hours, the beans were still not at all soft. No one in my family, including me, would eat them. They were also way too sweet. It is impossible to cook beans w/out soaking them. I do not believe Ree ever cooked this recipe, or she would have known it will not work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I Love this recipe, I kicked up the heat added liquid smoke and cooked it in the crock pot. It was a big hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these beans over the weekend for our family reunion. Huge success. I cooked them overnight in a crockpot. My oldest son has requested that I make them for his graduation open house. My husband loved them so much that I cooked another batch today in the crockpot once again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was a little nervous making these after reading some reviews. I used a little bit of salt when the onions and peppers were sauteing as I love to layer seasoning when I cook. I followed the instructions as written, but I did not add any more salt until I was sure the beans were tender. I had no trouble with them getting tender and then I added the salt and cooked a bit longer. These came out terrific! I made these yesterday for Father's Day and people went back for seconds and thirds. They are also great today. This is another keeper. Thanks Ree item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe to the line...and I was so excited...however, the flavor was there, but my beans never cooked. I let them cook for 7 hours! What can I do to salvage them now!? item not reviewed by moderator and published
These beans were DELICIOUS and quite easy - especially since pre-soaking was not required. The only change I made was I did not add the salt until the beans were at or very close to the cooked texture consistency I wanted. Definitely add the chili powder as well. For those who complained that they were not "normal baked beans", this was not a recipe for baked beans, these are BACON beans! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are "Cowboy BACON Beans", not Cowboy BAKED Beans! If you're looking for baked beans, use a baked bean recipe or you'll be disappointed! These are NOT baked beans in the traditional sense....and they are DELISH! I always soak my beans overnight out of habit, so undercooked beans weren't a problem. Loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Enjoyed this recipe. I always soak my beans before cooking no matter what the recipe calls for. Just a habit from years of making beans :, so I had no problem with undercooked beans. I enjoy all your recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These beans were delicious!!! I was a little nervous about making beans without quick soaking them first, but I followed this recipe exactly and they were done and completely soft and cooked in about 3 1/2 hours. Not sure why some of the other reviews had issues? As another reviewer commented, this not a baked bean recipe....not sure why some think they should taste like them. No where in the recipe does it state they are baked beans. There is a difference between bacon and baked! This is definitely a keeper and a nice change from BBQ pinto beans and baked beans. Thanks Ree!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was so excited to make these beans! However, like several other people, my beans never softened up! I cooked them all day and finally ended up burning them. Sad... so sad! I love Ree and I have loved most of her recipes. This one should have said to soak the beans overnight the night before. NOT a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I try a recipe, I ALWAYS make as is, however read reviews and deterined tis recipe might not be spicy enough for my family's taste. SO, I added 2 jalapeno's, with the chopped green peppers, and with the mustard, added a dash of hot chinese mustard. OMG! it was FANTASTIC! This will my standard bean recipe from now on! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is not a baked bean recipe in the traditional sense. It's cowboy bacon beans. Entirely different!. If you were expecting baked beans from the south, then you would be disappointed. We need to expand our minds and palates and try new things. It's nice to have different kinds of bean recipes. Thanks Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Totally delicious this recipe I will keep it's the best easy recipe. It saves me going to the store. soaking the beans it takes all the skin from the beans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unlike the other comments, I'm finding they lack the "baked bean" flavor I was looking forward to. Very bland taste is all I got. Now have to find a way to doctor it up, Followed recipe to a tee, but would never make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ms. Ree, this has to be the best bean recipe I ever had. I mean it! Made all kinds, made my own seasoning mixes....you did it. It is the perfect blend of all the ingredients you entered. I'm a very good cook and I would not say anything on these boards that was not true. You really know how to please. Thank you for this one. The only thing I changed was I make my own chili powder and used it instead of a bottled. Cooked this with your fried chicken tenders. We are all happy at our house. Felt like we ate a the best restaurant. Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The reason she said "infatuation with ketchup" is because she uses it all the time. In the 1800's they did not soak the beans in some parts of the USA. In the south we soak beans. The last few years, if in a hurry, we will bring to a boil for 2 minutes, turn off fire and cover let set for 1 1/2 hours. Oh, did I mention that we cook them with a Ham Hock and sometimes a little chopped onion and simmer for several hours. "Ree", for a "City Girl" you' re doing a great job. I appreciate you including your family and the lessons of life you 're teaching your children. I always say, "Manners are Free; Try using them sometimes". item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! As for cooking pinto beans without soaking - I do it all the time. But as someone else mentioned, you don't salt dried beans until they are tender or they will never get tender. Thanks, Ree!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These beans are delicious, and I wouldn't call 1/4 cup ketchup / per 4 cups dry beans, an 'infatuation' with ketchup. I've always put ketchup in my homemade beans, along with the brown sugar, and the finish tastes like 'Bush's beans', my favorite canned beans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good beans. Not sure what you mean by "her infatuation with ketchup"? I always put ketchup in my homemade baked beans. I also soak the beans and boil for a minute. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Downtowngirl, you aren't doing anything wrong. I have always soaked my beans overnight or done the speedy thing where you bring the bean to a boil for one minute. Let sit for one hour then cook. I think a step was skipped in the recipe. I soaked my beans overnight and cooked this in a crockpot. We didn't care for it. What I cant understand is what her infatuation with ketchup? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent. Delicious. For "downtown girl", I'd suspect your beans are too old. If so, they will take forever. The fresh will be done very quickly.And I never cook beans with salt as it seems to affect cooking time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were delicious. I followed the recipe pretty closely but doubled up on the peppers since we love them in beans. Next time I plan to make them a little less sweet, maybe 1/2 cup of sugar and double the chile powder since my hubby likes it sweet but spicy. My husband wants me to make cheeseburgers and top them with the leftovers today. Sounds like a good idea. Another great recipe and a great idea for potlucks or tailgate parties. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this on Saturday, and made it on Sunday, it sounded so yummy. And it is!! Very easy to make and the kids love the fact that cowboys eat the beans, too. Thanks, Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So Good. I used poblano peppers instead of green bell and used red pepper flakes instead of chili powder. I added more liquid because I like my beans soupy. I figure they will be more like bake beans the second day. We really enjoyed this flavorable dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The ingredients used here are not all that different from own recipe however the method is a bit different but what I was not expecting was the explosion of flavor with these beans with a bite of heat in the background (which I like. This one has been added to our recipe box and will be made again! By the way, I used canned Kidney beans (mostly drained as I am impatient cooking raw beans all day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So I watched this episode this morning and decided to make the beans around noon. They've now been cooking for 10 hours and not soft at all. Usually I soak them overnight but I decided to try it this way instead. What am I doing wrong? item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the best bacon beans I have ever taste mmmmmm thanks your the best item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ann, when using dry beans, the salt will keep them from softening. I would WAIT to add salt and bacon till near end. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Old beans take forever to cook. Maybe yours had been in your pantry a while? Or on the grocer's shelves a while.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
type edit: !! sorry y'all i meant bulk bacon not bulk back lol gross right. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So-called "reviews" like these mess up the ratings. How can telling us you are planning on making this recipe possibly equate to any type of review...and how does your non-trial rate 5 stars? So many people do this...and I will just never understanding it. (Sorry, just had to vent a little!) item not reviewed by moderator and published
You're exactly right to "vent".  It absolutely makes no sense to rate something before you try to make it yourself.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great point, thanks for reminding us that these are not baked beans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
And why does it need improvement? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe you didn't see the show, but she did say she soaked them overnight. I do agree, it should of been mentioned in the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
She mentioned to soak them on TV. They did not mention it in the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You can cook dry beans without soaking first. I do it all the time when I cook red beans and it doesn't take six hours for them to cook. They come out very soft. For me, soaking them takes the favor away from the bean. From; jea, Shreveport, Louisiana item not reviewed by moderator and published
Soak your beans regardless of what someone else recommends and stick to a fail proof method. A crock pots cooks them perfectly. I usually put them on with all the trimmings and off to work I go. They are nice and ready upon my return. My entire Family are advent cooks for years, we cater and many folks partake of our food gatherings. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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