Total Time
4hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 4 hrs

This is a recipe from a neighbor of our when I was a little girl. She was a great cook and I remember her being thrilled to find out these did great in the newest kitchen appliance, the Crock Pot! There are several recipes close, but this is Thelma's.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all ingredients together. Place in crock-pot on high and cook for 2 hours, reduce heat and continue to cook for 2 more hours. Serve hot.
Most Helpful

These are the best Cowboy Beans I have ever had. I had never eaten butter beans before this recipe and they are AMAZING! They give the recipe what sets it apart from the others.

Leslie N. October 01, 2015

Although I'm not usually a fan of butter (lima) beans, they worked well in this recipe, what with all the other flavors & textures going, & we were very happy sharing this bean dish at a potluck we attended! And although I thought we'd have a bit left to bring back home, they were all gone before then, which is a great testament to their comforting flavor! Many thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed in New Kids on the Block recipe tag]

Sydney Mike August 28, 2011

This is an awesome recipe which I usually take to potluck. I add a can of green lima beans in addition to your list of ingredients. For those of you who haven't made this, all I can say is, You're missing out!.

Miss Eve July 22, 2011