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!
Happy cooking and camping!
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- 1/2 lb bacon diced
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 cup white onion chopped
- 2 tsp 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!
You can do this recipe over a campfire with a cast iron skillet or dutch oven, or even in your BBQ or trailer oven.