BBQ Cowboy Beans with Biscuits

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 14, 2010

So grateful for a stocked freezer when coming home from a trip.  I grabbed some ground meat, cooked black and pinto beans, and set to work in the kitchen.  After thawing it all, I browned the ground meat, then added the beans and some BBQ sauce.

So. So. Simple.

I also had some drop biscuits in the freezer…so I thawed those and poured the cowboy beans over top. Served with a side of frozen corn…a delicious, well balanced manly meal from the freezer.

And the added bonus…plenty of leftovers for lunch!


1.3 lb ground beef ($1.93)
2 garlic cloves, crushed ($.10)
2 cups cooked black beans ($.40) Substitute 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups cooked pinto beans ($.40) Substitute 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup BBQ sauce ($.75)
1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained ($.29)
Drop biscuits ($.75)
1/2 bag frozen corn ($.44)


1. Brown the ground beef with the crushed garlic cloves. Drain and return to skillet. Add the black and pinto beans, as well as the BBQ sauce, diced tomatoes…and stir through. Let simmer over low heat for 5-10 minutes.

2. Make drop biscuits.

3. Prepare the corn as directed on package.

4. Serve BBQ Cowboy Beans over Drop Biscuits with Corn.

Cost $5.06

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Candi July 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm

That looks good, did you add a can of diced tomatoes? What’s that red diced thing in the mix?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm


Oh yes! Thanks!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy July 15, 2010 at 8:19 am

I love anything with beans!! These look awesome, can’t wait to make them, thanks!


LisaE July 15, 2010 at 10:20 am

Wow!! This is a quick, easy, and healthy dish! I will have to remember this, I always have a container of whole-wheat biscuit mix in my fridge…..this will be a great meal on a hurried back-to-school night!


LENA July 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

to make this even healthier, replace ground beef with ground turkey, and switch out the corn for grean beans. Less fat and less carbs ;)


Mrs. Lindblom July 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

This looks great!


Carol D. February 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I just discovered your blog! (I borrowed your cookbook from the library a year or so ago.) I’m gluten free now, too, and struggling to keep food costs down for my family of 7 while not making separate stuff just for me. What do you do for the drop biscuits for you these days?


Amy June 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I mixed up 2 boxes of jiffy mix and added it to the top of the mixture in a casserole dish and it was awesome!


Roger S. May 30, 2012 at 12:45 am

Looks very DISGUSTING!! :(


Ruth Hill October 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I made this tonight, and it was awesome! My mom said it was better than canned baked beans, and I concur.


fmed March 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Thank you for feedback

It will be helpful.


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