Cowboy Casserole is a hearty meal. Great for winter time or when you are out working hard in the fields with the cows. Amazing flavor.
I like to say I have ranching in my blood. Lucy’s and my dad grew up on a ranch. Our grandfather was a foreman of a cattle ranch. If I remember correctly, his father, our great grand father was also a cattle rancher. So this makes Lucy, our other sisters and me cowgirls. Although only a couple of us lean more toward this than others. I am a leaner. So I like all things cowboy. So when my massage therapist and friend sent me a recipe for Cowboy Casserole, I had to make it.
Cowboy Casserole is a warm hearty meal. It is a great meal for cowboys who have been working hard out in the cold. Or just us regular people who want a meal to go a long way and warm us up.
- 1-1 1/2 lbs . ground beef
- 1/2 diced onion
- 1/4 lb . bacon
- 1 - 15 oz can Lima beans, drained
- 1 - 15 oz can butter beans, drained
- 1 - 15 oz can pork n beans, drained
- 1 - 15 oz can pinto beans
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
- 2 TBSP . vinegar
- 1 tsp . garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook bacon and crumble. (I cut my bacon into small pieces before cooking.)
- Brown ground beef with onion in dutch oven.
- Add bacon once beef is browned. Add beans, brown sugar, ketchup, BBQ sauces, vinegar, garlic powder, salt & pepper.
- Mix well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least 15 minutes or longer to allow flavors to meld.
This can also be made in a crockpot. It will take longer to come up to temp. But you can add it all in the morning and allow to cook on low for 4-6 hours.
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