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Cowboy Baked Beans

Updated on April 28, 2012

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm all for a good old can of baked beans from the cupboard when you're in a hurry to feed the kids, or yourself for that matter, but if you want to take the humble bean to the next level, you should try making them from scratch. They are wholesome, filling and great on a cold winter evening by the fire, or for breakfast with some fried free range eggs on top of a buttered English Muffin.

Cast your vote for Cowboy Baked Beans


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 rashers of Bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Dry Mustard Powder
  • 1 medium Brown Onion, halved and finely sliced
  • 1 x 400g can of Borlotti Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 400g can of Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 400g can of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 - 1 & 1/2 cups of Vegetable Stock
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 tbsp Treacle
  • 2 dried Bay Leaves
  • Salt/Pepper


Pre heat your oven to 180c.

Heat the oil in an oven proof dish over a medium to high heat. Add the onion and bacon and cook for around 5 minutes or until the onion softens, but not browned.

Stir in the mustard powder and and cook stirring for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.

Add the borlotti and cannellini beans, tomatoes, vegetable stock, tomato paste, treacle and bay leaves and stir with a wooden spoon breaking up the tomatoes (or you could use a can of diced tomatoes) and bring to the boil.

Cover the dish with the lid and bake in the pre heated oven for 30 minutes.

Uncover and cook for a further 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve while hot in bowls with crusty bread for dinner, or with fried eggs and muffins for a great Sunday breakfast or brunch.


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      aiasxudcx 5 years ago

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      @Sally's Trove, yes that would be right, if you can't get treacle, molasses will work. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Super easy recipe...I think for American readers, treacle might be equated to molasses?

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you Sandy. Yes, it's nice and easy to put together.

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      sandy1973mypetdog 6 years ago from the south

      Sounds great and easy to make, I think I am going to have to try this recipe out soon. Great hub!

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you so much RVDaniels! I hope you give it a try, and I hope it is up to the taste of the south :)

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      RVDaniels 6 years ago from Athens, GA

      That's a really great recipe. I'm sharing it with all my followers, too. We love baked beans here in the American South with molasses and hickory smoke flavors.

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you theboldblend. It's a nice comforting meal on those cold nights. Enjoy!

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      TheBoldBlend 6 years ago

      I think these look delicious! Definitely bookmarking this one!

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks thenworthy! I hope you enjoy :)

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      tkenworthy505 6 years ago from Bloomfield NM

      Yum! defiantly on my to try list!!!!

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks scarytaff and jenubouka. It's definitely worth the effort (not that it's really much effort to make), and you know exactly what's in there.

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      I say giddy up with this recipe. Yes some times that pork n bean can calls to me, but with this recipe how could one not try homemade?!

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      Derek James 6 years ago from South Wales

      This is a great new twist on the humble baked bean and I'll have to try it. Thanks for the recipe.


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