Camping Recipe: Dutch Oven Cowboy Beans

Are you looking for the perfect option to take to the next cookout or family gathering? These Dutch oven cowboy beans are perfect for making at the campground or any family event. Get the full camping recipe below.

cowboy beans


  • 1/2 lb. thick-cut bacon
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp. ground chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans
  • 3/4 c. ketchup
  • 1/4 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce


  1. Start by building, a strong fire and getting your coals ready. You will need enough coals to make a solid surface underneath the Dutch oven once they’re heated. You’ll need twice as many to place on the litter to ensure even cooking.
  2. Wash and dry all of your produce. Then chop the bell peppers, dice the onion, and mince garlic.
  3. Carefully chop the bacon into bite-size pieces and drain and rinse all your beans.
  4. Once the coals are hot, add your Dutch oven to the fire and dump in the bacon. Cook the bacon until it is crispy, which should take about 7 to 9 minutes, and then remove from the pot with a slotted spoon to allow the bacon grease to remain for cooking the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Dump in the bell pepper and onions and sauté in the bacon grease until they’re tender and beginning to brown, which should take another 7 to 9 minutes.
  6. Once the veggies have cooked, dump in the ground beef and garlic, cooking until browned, breaking apart the beef as it cooks. 
  7. What is the beef is no longer pink, add chili powder, salt, paprika, and ground black pepper and stir to combine
  8. Dump in the pinto, cannellini, kidney, and black beans. Stir to combine with the meat. Then add ketchup and 3/4 cup of water, brown sugar vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, hot sauce, and the bacon back into the pot.
  9. Stir to combine, and then cover and add the coals to the top of the lid. Cook this until the sauce has thickened, which should take around 45 minutes.
  10. Serve with your favorite barbecue, burgers, or any other cookout classics.

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