Baked Cowboy Beans

We have been eating cowboy beans for years so it only made sense to make a version for the Kid Cooks. The original version has a couple more ingredients in it, including beer, but the key is that these are less sugary than baked beans, creating a slightly sweet baked bean dish with a little kick of spice from chili powder. This is a fave at our house.

Baked Cowboy Beans                                                                  Makes about 4 servings


8 inch square pan

1 medium mixing bowl and cooking spoon

Strainer or colander

Knife and cutting board


  • 2 cans of pinto beans – about 15 ounces each
  • ½ of an onion
  • ½ of a colored pepper (any color)
  • Cooked ham (if you have)
  • In medium mixing bowl, place:
    • ¼ cup ketchup
    • 1 cup water
  • Add to mixing bowl:
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme


  • Stir mix in bowl completely
  • Open, rinse, and drain beans in strainer
  • Chop onion and pepper
  • Chop ham for ½ cup
  • Add beans, onion, peppers, and ham to bowl and mix completely


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Pour mix into square pan.
  3. Bake 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and stir. Place back in oven.
  5. Bake for another 30 minutes.
  6. Remove pan. Turn off oven. Serve.

pdf version of recipe >> Cowboy Beans

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