Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Baked Beans are a hearty mix of ground beef, bacon and three types of beans in a tangy, sweet and slightly spicy sauce.
I’m super excited to be partnering with A.1. Sauce to bring you this ultra-comforting side dish recipe! Did you know that A.1. Sauce has been around since 1862?! I think most people associate this bold flavored sauce with steak, but let’s be real… it’s magnificent with chicken, pork and vegetables too!
I love the savory punch that it brings to these simple slow cooker baked beans. You’re going to love it too!
How To Make Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Baked Beans Recipe
You’ll want to start out by cooking up some bacon until crisp, then set it aside and brown some ground beef and onions in a skillet. This is probably the most laborious step and it literally takes 5 minutes to do. You’re welcome.
Once your beef is browned just toss it along with the beans, A.1. Sauce and other seasonings into the slow cooker.
What Are Cowboy Beans?
Truth be told, I made this recipe to closely replicate a recipe for “Cowboy Beans” I had when I lived in Denver many years ago. This tiny rib shack along a busy highway served THE BEST Cowboy Beans, which were thick, meaty, sweet and savory and had a hefty punch of spice.
The spice was the kind that made your nose run a little, but it paired perfectly with some smokey ribs. Pure heaven.
These steakhouse beans have all the same components, but I tamed the spices WAY down so my kids could eat them. Ha!
What I love best about this recipe is that it’s easily made in the slow cooker, so you can enjoy your day while these hearty beans cook away.
I love to pair these beans with my Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs and a nice green salad. I’d say these beans could even be a meal on their own, but I’m not going to limit you to one or the other.
Homemade Baked Beans Variations
- Try switching out different types of beans to suit your taste
- Use ground turkey in place of ground beef
- Add a diced up jalapeno (with seeds) to bring this up the spice level
You’re going to LOVE these saucy beans!
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Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Baked Beans
- ½ lb. thick cut bacon, cut into pieces
- ½ lb. ground beef
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 15oz cans chili beans (do not drain)
- 1 15oz can kidney beans, drained
- 1 15oz can black beans, drained
- 2/3 cup A.1. Sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup HEINZ Ketchup
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel lined plate. Discard all but 2 tbsp of the bacon grease and return skillet to stovetop. Brown the ground beef and onion in the remaining bacon grease until no longer pink and onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the ground beef mixture, bacon and remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours or HIGH for 1 to 2 hours. Stir before serving and enjoy.
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Everyone liked it a lot.
These are amazing. I made them for the first time tonight, but with some minor changes. My husband doesn’t like black beans, so I used kidney beans, spicy Ranch style beans and a large can of Boracho beans from H-E-B. Also added in a can of Rotel. OMG, so good. My husband is a very picky eater and he went back for seconds! Proud to say there are no leftovers tonight!
Thanks for this great recipe for slow cooker baked beans. These sound great! We appreciate having new and tasty recipes. Keep up the great work!
So glad you enjoyed them!
jjust made this for the 4th of july 2019. I did not have apple cider vinegar add extra a[1 sauce cause it has vinegar turned out great also added some garlic
So glad you enjoyed them Scott!
Came across this recipe on Facebook while camping. I had almost everything. Only chile beans and no Cumin though.
But it was so so tasty!
Definitely will be making this again!!
If not able to get red pepper flake what else to use in place of
You can add an additional 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper in place of the 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes.
What a shame you people can’t be bothered to tell us what size crock pot to use. Nothing like getting everything ready and dumping it into my 4-quart crock pot and realizing the pot’s too small. I just can’t believe you omit something so basic!!
You’re using 4 cans of beans and a pound of meat! Do the math diptard.
I think that is quite rude and unnecessary to say. Common sense tells me that I need a large crockpot for this recipe.
Common sense has to kick in at some point, don’t blame the recipe or the person sharing it.
Just my humble opinion.
Hi, excuse my ignorance, what is A1 sauce. I live in Glasgow, what could I substitute it with? Thank you
A1 is a steak sauce. You can use any type of steak sauce you would like, or you can try using a bbq sauce in it’s place if you don’t have steak sauce available.
If you have access to HP Sauce, you can substitute that (in equal amounts) for the A1. They have similar ingredients and, in my opinion, they taste very similar.
Hi can you freeze this dish after cooking?
Hi i am just confused for chili beans idk were to find them im in canada
Hey Marc, they are usually just a seasoned pinto bean. If you can only find pinto beans, those will work too!
Marc, you can make your own from scratch. There is a good recipe on homesicktexan.com Click on Recipes and select Recipe Index. Then enter Smoky Chili Beans in the search box. If you can’t find ground ancho or chipotle chilies, any good quality chili powder would be OK.
Yes, if I remember correctly, it’s difficult to actually find canned pinto beans in Canada. I remember buying them dry and slow cooking them until tender. Thanks for the tips Patty!
I live in Canada and I can buy dry or canned pinto beans anywhere.
I lived in a pretty remote area of Northern BC and had trouble! But I’m glad you can find them!
Great recipe!!!! I kicked it with turkey meat and jalapeño with juice from the jar…BAM!!!!!
Nice! Love the jalapeno addition!
Have an upcoming Cowboy night at Church and these sound great. How many does this recipe serve?
I’d say this would serve 6 to 8 as a side dish, 4 to 6 as a main.
Ooopps, instead of “ski” cook, I meant slo cook. Darn spell check!
What kicks this up even better is to use dry beans, soak overnight, still use the can of chili beans, and ski cook for 6-8 hrs. Hearty good!
What kicks this up even better is using dry beans, soaking overnight, using that can of chili beans for a kick and slow cooking for 6-8 hrs.
Hi, can this be cooked in the instant pot? How would you adjust the timings please? Many thanks.
I have a Instant Pot & would use it for this dish. I would follow her steps, but saute the bacon & veggies in the IP. Than all the seasonings & beans & use Chilli/Soup mode for 35min, let NR for 10min & do a QR.
I’m a little worried that there might not be enough liquid to allow this to come to pressure without getting a burn notice when using an instant pot. That being said, you’re welcome to try it and let us know how it turns out!