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Cowboy Beans
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Cowboy Beans

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What family get together would be complete without a pot of savory beans. Yum!



  • 4 strips bacon, fried until crisp, drained and crumbled
  • 1 pound lean or extra-lean ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup (low-sodium)
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup mustard
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can lima beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (28-ounce) can baked beans (do not drain)


Brown meat and fry bacon. Mix all ingredients and cook in a slow cooker on high for three hours or low for eight hours.

Dietary and Nutrition


Pulses contain little to no total fat, saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol, and they are high in soluble fiber that reduces blood cholesterol levels. As a result, incorporating pulses into the diet can contribute to reduced blood cholesterol and blood pressure.

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A Pocket Guide to Preparing Pulse Foods (FN2068 November 2022)

Pulses are a type of legume, which are seeds that grow in their pods. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recognizes 11 types of pulses, including dry beans, chickpeas, lentils and dry peas.

Spillin' the Beans: Dry Edible Bean and Snap Bean Recipes, Nutrition Information and Tips (FN1646, Reviewed Feb. 2023)

Beans are one of the most commonly eaten foods around the world because of their versatility, nutritional value and cost effectiveness.

This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.