BBQ Cowboy Beans

Well, howdy!  How’s everyone today? 🙂  How about this crazy winter weather, huh??  Wintry conditions all the way down in Miami!  The same weather system is going thru our area up here in Alberta as well.  A snow storm is supposed to roll thru tonight along with winds up to 60km (I don’t know what that is in mph, but it’s windy!).  Don’t nights like this make you just want to curl up under the blankets with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book?

Here’s a nice hot meal that’s really quick and easy to throw together on a weeknight.  Better yet, make it ahead of time then throw it into a freezer bag and freeze until you’re ready for it.  The original recipe comes from a great blog called $5 Dinners and can be found here.  I’m always on the lookout for frugal recipes, and there are tons of wonderful ones to be found there. 

I did make some changes to the recipe, so I’m going to share the recipe the way I made it with y’all.  Instead of the biscuits called for, I decided to make a batch of beer bread.   It made the perfect base for the beef and bean mixture!  Other changes I made were to add in some chopped onion and bell pepper, substitute a 19 oz can of a 6 bean mix for the black and pinto beans called for, and I did not drain the tomatoes.

Here’s the completed dish.  A nice salad to go along with is all you need for a complete meal.

BBQ Cowboy Beans


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (19 oz) can 6-bean mix
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • bread of your choice for serving over


Brown the ground beef along with garlic, onion, and bell pepper in a skillet.  Stir in the beans, tomatoes, and bbq sauce.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened and heated thru.  Serve over beer bread, biscuits, or your choice of bread.


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