This delicious Pork & Beans Cowboy Casserole is bound to be a new family favourite for camping OR at home! Pork and beans are amped up with bacon and then fluffy biscuits are baked on top for a hearty, delicious meal. Sometimes Mr Magpie surprises me with what he loves to eat. While I didn’t think that he would hate this dish, I didn’t think that he would absolutely flip out over it and have two helpings. I enjoyed it : he is obsessed with it for camping now.
Cowboy Casserole for at Home or Camping
After 17 years of marriage you would think that there were very few surprises left to be surprised with. Of course, I’m the only one that’s married to Mr Kitchen Magpie, so it goes without saying that he adept at throwing curve balls now and then. This Pork & Beans Cowboy Casserole was one of those moments. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good dish and I am keeping in on the camping menu for summer now, but Mike is literally obsessed with it.
I knew that he liked canned pork and beans, that was an easy one, I’ve also been camping with the man for 17 years. I didn’t know that a pork and beans casserole would make him flip out though. He couldn’t stop telling me how awesome this cowboy casserole was while he helped himself to a second serving. Not only did he eat two servings, something else shocking happened.
He ate this cowboy casserole the next day as leftovers.
If you know Mike and you have been hanging around here on The Kitchen Magpie for the past few years, then you’ll know that he doesn’t eat leftovers easily. He is one of THOSE people. Those people that don’t eat leftovers. I’ll never be able to relate, to be honest, because I love leftovers. Cold steak for breakfast? Yum. Leftover chicken? Hellloooo sandwich!
Mike? He’ll pop two pieces of raisin toast in the toasted and slather it with peanut butter instead of eating leftovers if he had his way. This pork and beans cowboy casserole on the other hand he happily ate the next day.This was a hearty, delicious casserole that can easily be made with homemade biscuits on top if you so desire. I think that would make this absolutely perfect! We were camping, so I just used canned biscuits instead.
Karlynn’s Cooking Tips for Making Cowboy Casserole
- The biscuits DO cook up beautifully on top of the beans mixture, you simply need a lid or tinfoil. This would be perfect in a dutch oven over the campfire, but I like using my cast iron.
- You can cook this cowboy casserole in the oven at home as well, simply use the temperature that is listed on the biscuit dough container or the recipe.
- You don’t have to use a cast iron skillet, that’s for the campfire ( I mean, you can use it at home if you love cast iron like I do!) you can also just put this in a 9×9 dish and bake it up!
- Speaking of which, try my Best Biscuits Ever Recipe for some really good biscuits to put on top! You can put homemade biscuits on this as well, I like the canned ones for camping of course!
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Pork & Beans Cowboy Cassserole
- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Cook Time
- 25 minutes
- dinner recipes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1/2 pound bacon diced
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 cup white onion chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 28 oz can of molasses pork & beans
- 1 packed refrigerated biscuit dough
- In a large lidded skillet or dutch oven fry the bacon, ground pork and onion until browned. Drain and add in the minced garlic, fry for two more minutes.
- Stir in the pork and beans, then place the biscuits in a single layer on top of the beans.Cover and cook - if you have no lid use tinfoil and tent it over the skillet or pot. Simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the biscuits are done.
- Serve and enjoy!
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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It turned out good. I didn’t see the space between the 1 and the 28 for the beans but knew 128 oz can wasn’t right so I just went with 2 14 oz cans wich looked like about the correct ratio. Later I realized it was actually 1 28 oz can.
I cooked it in the oven in a 9×9” pan. The biscuits took longer then the package directions. It took about 24mins in the oven. At the end I put it on convection and took off the tin foil. And they browned up nicely.
Fiona E Turro says
You have such great budget friendly recipes ever. I made this which doesnt “sound” great, but if you like beans, its sort of a no brainer. Luckily my kids love them. I omitted the sausage, because I hate it, but made a batch of bacon, and added it crumbled at the end. (That was for me, after all everything is better with bacon. This isnt the first recipe of yours that I’ve tried. Never made one that family didnt devour. I literally check your recipes before food shopping to get ingredients I might need.. Thanks for sharing your culinary skills!!
This did not work. I felt this needed acid and more seasoning from pepper, prepared mustard, and molasses. Putting a lid on a Le Cruset Dutch oven to cook biscuits with a bunch of simmering liquids takes significantly longer than this recipe calls for. So long, I moved the whole operation to the oven. And regardless of how I needed to get the biscuits cooked, the pork and beans below it cooked down significantly and burned to the bottom. Not good and a total waste of my time and resources.
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