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Party Beans

Party beans are cooked to perfection with just the right amount of brown sugar and bacon. Whether you are cooking for a crowd or your family, they will all be happy you took a few minutes to make these in your slow cooker.

Party Beans are on the Menu

This recipe just ticks all the baked beans boxes for our family. The beans are nestled in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce. When my sister feeds a crowd, she always has these slow cooker baked beans on the menu. We all go back for seconds and if there is any left, we gladly offer to take it home.

Party Beans

Easy Cowboy Beans

When you’re throwing a party and need a quick, easy and tasty side dish, try cowboy beans. This recipe is simple to follow and can easily be tailored to your taste. Your guests will love these delicious beans. The best part, they are filling, easy, and delicious comfort food.

Deli Baked Beans

My family loves to get the deli baked beans from our local store. They really are good. It seems all other baked beans are compared to this. Therefore, when the family asks me to make these beans rather than go to the deli and purchase their beans, you know you have a winner.

Party Beans
Party Beans

Meat Options for this Baked Bean Recipe

While I love the taste that bacon adds to this recipe. There are other types of meat that can be used. Here are a few ideas:

Bacon. I cut it up and cook it until just starting to get crispy. Remove and drain before adding.

Turkey bacon. Dice, fry, and drain before adding ½ pound.

Ham. Dice the ham before adding 1-2 cups.

Ground chicken or turkey. Brown and drain before adding 1 pound.

Ground beef or pork. Brown and drain before adding 1 pound.

Slow Cooker Beans
Slow Cooker Beans

Types of Beans for this Recipe

I love butter beans, so that is one of the beans that is used in my recipe. However, there are other beans that can be used. Use the ones you enjoy eating. I also like to use canned beans as they are already softened and cook up quickly.

However, you can certainly used dried beans. Just soak them in water the evening before and add about 1 hour to the cooking time.

Black-Eyed Peas. They are dense with a full earthy flavor. Perfect for hearty recipes and salads.

Butter beans. Yes, butter beans are the same thing as a Lima bean. They are perfect for this recipe. They have a creamy texture and absorb other flavors well.

Great Northern beans. They are white and medium-sized with a mild flavor. Perfect for soups, stews, and bakes beans. They absorb other flavors well.

Kidney Beans. These are a medium-large bean that has a red hue to the skin, which is a bit firm. The white version is called Cannellini; however, there are purple, black, and spotted kidney beans. While this would work well for this recipe, I prefer a softer bean.

Red beans. They are small and oval shaped with a red color to the skin. The flavor is earthy and nutty with a soft texture. Perfect for Creole and Cajun cuisine, as well as, soup, chili and generally the main ingredient to red beans and rice.  

Party Beans for a Crowd
Party Beans for a Crowd

Party Beans Ingredients

Here are the few ingredients that are paired together to make this delicious recipe.

  • Bush’s Baked Beans – I use the homestyle, extra brown sugar, or original variety. All work out well with this recipe.
  • Butter Beans – love them and always have some in the pantry for recipes like this. They absorb the sweet and tangy sauce well.
  • Great Northern Beans – They hold their shape in this recipe and add their mild flavor is perfect for this recipe.
  • Bacon – It is easier to cut the bacon before browning. I often have cooked bacon in the refrigerator. This is quick and easy to cut up and add.
  • Brown sugar – There is just something about brown sugar and beans.
  • Ketchup – The tomato flavor adds such a fresh taste.
  • Molasses – This adds a depth of flavor to the beans.
  • Yellow Mustard – Adds a bit of kick to the sweet in this recipe.
  • Onion – Just dice and add. No need to pre-cook.
  • Cider Vinegar – If you like a bit of tang in your beans, this is where that comes from.
  • Beef Bouillon – Just like the molasses, this adds so much depth to the flavor profile.
  • Hamburger – (optional) Brown and break up into small pieces. Drain before adding.
Easy Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans

Cooking Time for the Beans

The slow cooking blends all the delicious flavors together and thickens the sauce. Cook this recipe on low for 5 hours or high for 3.5 hours. The beans will be extremely hot with a sauce that is starting to thicken nicely.

Easy Beans Side Dish
Easy Beans Side Dish

Oven Baked Party Beans

Place this recipe in a heavy oven-safe kettle bake covered 3-4 hours at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Baked Beans in the Oven

Storing Leftovers

If you are like my husband, he loves his thick paste-like sauce with his beans. When you store these beans overnight in the refrigerator, they thicken. The flavors seem to blend a bit more too. Just delicious.

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container safely up to a week.

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Party Beans

Party beans are cooked to perfection with just the right amount of brown sugar and bacon. Whether you are cooking for a crowd or your family, they will all be happy you took a few minutes to make these in your slow cooker.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time3 hours 45 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, cowboy beans, easy recipe, slow cooker
Servings: 18 Servings
Calories: 476kcal

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  • 1 Pound Ground Beef break apart, brown, and drain (Optional)
  • 1/2 Pound Bacon diced, cooked, and drained
  • 1 Large Onion diced
  • 48 Ounces Butter Beans 3-16 ounce cans drained
  • 47.4 Ounces Great Northern Beans 3-15.8 ounce cans drained
  • 28 Ounces Bushes Beans with extra brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups Ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Molasses
  • 3 Tablespoons Yellow Mustard
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Beef Bouillon


  • Place the cooked beef(optional) bacon, onion, butter beans, great Northern beans, Bush's Beans, Ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, yellow mustard, cider vinegar, beef bouillon to the slow cooker. Cook on high 3.5 hours or low 5 hours. Stir occasionally.
    1 Pound Ground Beef, 1/2 Pound Bacon, 1 Large Onion, 48 Ounces Butter Beans, 47.4 Ounces Great Northern Beans, 28 Ounces Bushes Beans, 1 1/2 Cups Ketchup, 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar, 3/4 Cup Molasses, 3 Tablespoons Yellow Mustard, 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/2 Teaspoon Beef Bouillon
    Slow Cooker Beans
  • This can be baked in a Dutch oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-4 hours.

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Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 1213mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 6mg


You can find Victoria crocheting, quilting, and creating recipes. She has cooked in restaurants for over 20 years, including many larger parties. In her professional career, she has worked in management in a wide variety of businesses including higher education as a dean of a division. All the while attending college part-time to achieve her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in e-learning.

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