Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Baked Beans

WOW! These Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Beans could be a meal on their own, but make the perfect comforting side dish to any bbq feast!

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. 

WOW! These Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Beans could be a meal on their own, but make the perfect comforting side dish to any bbq feast!
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!

Start by browning some beef in a skillet with onions to make this Crock Pot Baked Beans recipe.

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.

These are THE BEST Slow Cooker Baked Beans Recipe!

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!

These Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Beans are a thick and hearty side dish with a punch of savory and sweet spices!

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.

These Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans are simmered all day for a deep intense flavor!

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

These Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Baked Beans are a thick and hearty side dish with a punch of savory and sweet spices!

You’re going to LOVE these saucy beans!


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These Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans are simmered all day for a deep intense flavor!
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Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Baked Beans

These savory and hearty Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Baked Beans are a simple side dish or main dish that's filled with beef, bacon and beans!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 336 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 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.


Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.4g | Protein: 17.5g | Fat: 13.2g | Cholesterol: 43.4mg | Sodium: 1109.4mg | Sugar: 13.9g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 10mg
Keywords: Bacon, baked beans, cowboy, Easy, Slow Cooker, steakhouse
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These Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Baked Beans are a thick and hearty side dish with a punch of savory and sweet spices!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
30 Responses
  1. Adrienne McGuire

    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!

  2. scott ward

    4 stars
    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

  3. Elliott Humrich

    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!!

      1. Muna Escobar

        I think that is quite rude and unnecessary to say. Common sense tells me that I need a large crockpot for this recipe.

    1. Deborah

      Common sense has to kick in at some point, don’t blame the recipe or the person sharing it.
      Just my humble opinion.

    1. Shawn

      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.

    2. Pat Mason

      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.

      1. Patty Mason

        Marc, you can make your own from scratch. There is a good recipe on 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.

        1. Shawn

          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!

          1. Shawn

            I lived in a pretty remote area of Northern BC and had trouble! But I’m glad you can find them!

  4. Renée Wink

    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!

  5. Renée Wink

    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.

    1. Tony H.

      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.

    2. Shawn

      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!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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