These Cowboy Beans are easily made in one pot, taste amazing and will hit the spot on any table for easy family dinner or potluck ideas. No one will ever guess it is vegan and so straightforward delicious. This simple recipe comes together in 15 minutes which makes these are big winner. Even kids will ask for seconds with these fantastic flavors from three beans and a mix of BBQ and tomato sauces.
Who is in for a big plate of comfort food? Raise your hands! If your craving for one pot meals is mile high, I have the right one for you:
It is ready in 15 minutes from start to finish.
I’m here for you guys. As you know I keep my recipes always as easy as possible. You know this from my One Pot Taco Pasta or the One Pot Pad Thai Noodles. Making everything in a single pot is always right.
Time for one more easy vegan recipe for you. My Cowboy Beans are addictive, full of delicious flavors, comforting, super easy, stress free, filling, made with my sugar free BBQ sauce or your favorite.
Also protein rich, hearty, mouthwatering, satisfying, robust with bold flavors, meaty for a perfect texture in and out.
Oh yes no one would ever believe it is vegan, even meat eaters know this is simply the best cowboy beans recipe that you’ve ever tried and made.
Cowboy Beans ingredients
- My sugar free bbq sauce or your favorite
- 6 cups mixed beans
- Tomato sauce
It is done with 6 simple ingredients only!
If you like, you can always make these easy cowboy beans even tastier by adding optional:
- Liquid smoke, to add more boldness
- Chili powder, if you like it a bit more spicy
- Smoked tofu for more texture, flavor and protein, yum.
How to make Cowboy Beans
You will need a large casserole or pot. First, heat a bit of of oil (or vegetable broth for oil free cooking). Then add the onions and mushrooms and fry both for around 3 minutes.
Now it is time to give the beans, BBQ sauce, tomato sauce, mustard, and optional ingredients like liquid smoke, chili powder, and smoked tofu to the pot. And of course a pinch of salt and pepper.
Cook for around 10 minutes on medium heat. Finally serve in bowls and enjoy for dinner, lunch, meal prep. It makes a great picnic food, sandwich spread just mash them a bit for a creamier texture.
You get the picture. This Cowboy Beans recipe is so versatile, there is so much what one can make with this and it will always hit the spot on your table in no time. A keeper which will make ahead meals even easier than you’ve done before.
Variations and tips
Slow cooker Cowboy Beans: add all the ingredients in your slow cooker and set a time when it should be done.
Instant pot cowboy beans: start with a bit of oil or vegetable broth, add onions, mushrooms use the sauté function for 2 minutes, now add beans, BBQ and tomato sauce, mustard, optional liquid smoke, chili powder and smoked tofu.
Place and seal lid on top, from there use high pressure for 7 minutes. Open your instant pot, give it a mix with a spatula, season to your liking with a pinch salt and pepper.
As you know 7 minutes is the cooking time, which is does not include the time to reach high pressure.
Chili beans recipe: add 2 tsp more chili powder and 2 fresh chili finely chopped. If you like it hot a lot, but just saying: it is really spicy and not for the faint hearted.
Cowboy casserole: lately I tried something different. After preparing my cowboy beans I added them to a 9×13 casserole dish and sprinkled 1.5 cups vegan cheddar on top. Then it’s time to bake them for 20 minutes at 415°F. Oh boy, this was so amazing and delicious
Try these Cowboy Beans with all variations and let me know which one is your favorite.
I can’t wait to see them all, Florian.
- 6 cups mixed beans, drained and cooked (I used a 15 oz can cannelini beans, a 15 oz can kidney beans, and a 15 oz can black eyed peas)
- 1 batch Sugar Free BBQ Sauce
- 1 Tbs mustard
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 1 cup onions, chopped
- 8 oz mushrooms, finely chopped
- salt, pepper to taste
- 2 tsp liquid smoke
- 4 oz smoked tofu
- 1 tsp chili powder
- First, heat a bit of of oil (or vegetable broth for oil free cooking). Then add the onions and mushrooms and fry both for around 3 minutes.
- Now it is time to give the beans, BBQ sauce, tomato sauce, mustard, and optional ingredients like liquid smoke, chili powder, and smoked tofu to the pot. And of course a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Cook for around 10 minutes on medium heat. Finally serve in bowls and enjoy.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 3 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 1.6gSaturated Fat: 0.2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 332mgCarbohydrates: 51.3gFiber: 15.3gSugar: 6.1gProtein: 19.1g