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Roosevelt Beans

These baked beans with ground beef and bacon aka Roosevelt Beans are seriously the best baked beans you’ll ever eat!! It’s an adapted version of the Roosevelt Baked Bean recipe from Yellowstone National Park’s Old West Dinner Cookout. It’s seriously the last baked bean casserole recipe you’ll ever need.

overhead shot of baked beans in a dutch oven with font description

This month’s Recipe Redux theme is a fun flashback because I get to reminisce about our trip to Yellowstone National Park this past summer. It’s all about unpacking vacation memories and creating a healthier recipe from a meal that we enjoyed. It could also be a recipe inspired by an ingredient that we saw during our travels.

I immediately thought of these Roosevelt baked beans, a recipe for baked beans with ground beef and bacon. It was one of the sides that we ate during the Old West Cookout at Roosevelt Lodge. They were sooooo delicious! How weird is it that beans are one of my most memorable foods?! I’ve always been a big baked bean fan. I’m sure that you’re thinking up some good fart jokes right about now.

Roosevelt Baked Beans with Ground Beef Is More Like A Baked Bean Casserole

Roosevelt bean recipe prepared in dutch oven ready to serve

These baked beans aren’t your typical baked bean recipe. They are filled with 2 kinds of tasty meats (love the protein boost!), perfectly seasoned, and comprised of 4 different bean varieties. These beans are hearty, they could easily be a stand-alone meal with a good garden salad. I don’t usually go back for seconds, but I couldn’t help but fill my plate twice. They were so good!! This is going to be my new go-to bean recipe.

The only changes that I made to the original recipe were to use lean ground beef and less bacon. I know you’re thinking WT fudge?!! Bacon rocks! Why would you cut the bacon?? Here’s the thing, 6 pieces of bacon crumbled still packs a flavor punch with less fat, so you can have your bacon and save a little more room for something else later. You just definitely don’t need that much to make this taste good, it’s still delicious. Also, I cook my bacon in the oven, so clean-up is quick and easy.

Yellowstone National Park Should Be On Your Vacation Bucket List

I had completely intended to share our epic summer vacation with you sooner, but you know…life happened and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. It was, hands-down, the best family vacation that we’ve taken so far. We flew into Salt Lake City and spent the night in Ogden, about forty miles north of the city. From there, we made our way up to Jackson, WY, where we spent the next 3 nights. Then, we made our way to Yellowstone National Park and stayed in one of the cabins at Old Faithful’s Snow Lodge for the remainder of our trip.

I’m going to share more details of our vacation in a separate Yellowstone travel tips blog post later this week, there is just way too much awesomeness to tackle in one post. I want to share some of our favorite spots, along with helpful travel tips on places to dine, stay, and visit. Like I said before, it was a really incredible vacation for our family and I highly recommend adding this area to your vacation bucket list.

Now onto the backstory of this tasty bean goodness…

We booked the Roosevelt Old West Dinner Cookout for the last night of our stay in Yellowstone. This popular Yellowstone activity was recommended by a good friend and it books up fast, so I made the reservations months in advance.

When you arrive at Roosevelt Stables, they gather everyone in a large group and tell a few fun stories about Yellowstone’s cowboy history. Then they load us up in groups to board a horse-drawn carriage to travel to a “secret location” in the park for the cookout.

Ready to roll…

Old West Cookout carriage

This scenery could be a postcard. It was a beautiful ride. The cookout guides a.k.a “wranglers” were a lot of fun, telling us jokes and entertaining stories on the way to dinner. We saw plenty of wildlife, including bison, pronghorn, gophers, and a black bear right outside of Roosevelt Lodge before we arrived at the stables.

Old West Cookout Yellowstone

When we arrived at the cookout site, they had a huge buffet-style spread waiting for us.

Old West Cookout spread

We even got to enjoy some classic cowboy tunes. One of the cute guests was eager to join in on the fun. 🙂

A cowboy singing on a wooden platform

Part of the Old West Dinner experience is trying out authentic cowboy coffee. It’s seriously strong and thick and packs a big flavor punch if you like a strong cup of joe. Cowboy coffee is made with an extraction method called “decoction”, which is simply commingling coffee grounds, preferably freshly ground, with boiling water. You add the coffee grounds (and they use a LOT of coffee grounds) to cold water in a kettle and heat it over a hot fire. They even joke that it’s so strong, it could float a horseshoe. This stuff really puts Starbucks to shame.

Cowboy Coffee over fire

The cowboys cooked our steaks to order. I believe that they had black bean burgers for non-meat eaters, but I was all for the beef.

A person that is cooking food at the cowboy cookout

Here’s my plate with a very generous helping of food. That’s enough steak for 2 meals for me! As you can see, they aren’t skimpy with the portions. They’ll even let you go back for more if you’re actually still hungry.

Yellowstone cowboy cookout plate

After dinner, they share a fun story around the campfire before loading back up to head back. This was a memorable family experience. I highly recommend this dinner outing if you are planning a visit to the park. They also offer the option of riding horseback, instead of the wagon ride. We rode horses through the Grand Tetons earlier in the week, so we opted for the wagons instead.

Lauren wanted to pet the horses and this guy kept trying to lick my ear.

Family at the Old West Cookout

I’ll be sharing more scenic pics and fun travel tips this week. Stay tuned…

I hope that you enjoy these Roosevelt Baked Beans with ground beef & bacon as much as we did!

pot of beans with napkin and spoon for serving
overhead photo of a dutch oven with baked bean casserole in it and a napkin and spoon

Roosevelt Baked Beans with Ground Beef & Bacon

These baked beans with ground beef and bacon are an adapted version of the Roosevelt Baked Bean recipe from Yellowstone National Park's Old West Dinner Cookout.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 273kcal
Author: Amee

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef I used 92% lean
  • 6 slices bacon diced into 1" pieces
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 16 oz can pork and beans
  • 15 oz can kidney beans
  • 15 oz can lima beans
  • 15 oz can butter beans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar can sub coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard or yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Heat a Dutch oven (or large oven-proof skillet) over medium heat and add ground beef and diced bacon. Cook until the ground beef is no longer pink. Add the onions and sauté until softened.
  • Drain any grease and add the beef mixture back to the pot.
  • Add the canned beans and remaining ingredients to the pot. Stir well to combine.
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 325 degrees, or simmer on the stovetop for 1 hour.

Notes

For a thicker casserole, drain the butter beans and limas before adding them to the pot.

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 691mg | Potassium: 578mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg
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10 Comments

  1. These beans look amazing & so does your family trip! We’re heading home from Yosemite today & I hope to take my kids to Yellowstone soon-National Parks are the best 🙂 Looking forward to more pictures from your trip!

  2. Can’t wait to try this recipe out! Looks so yummy and pretty easy to prepare! your trip looks awesome – great idea for my two boys! Thanks Amee!

  3. I love your pictures from your trip Amee! Looks like you had so much fun! And those beans! Amen! I am making those for sure!!!!

  4. This looks SO good and I definitely want to try cooking it this week, as I absolutely love baked beans too. I just got some fresh butter beans from a local farm this week, do you think I could sub those in place of the canned? Can’t wait to try it! 🙂

    1. Hi Abby! Yes, definitely go for the fresh beans! Yum! Just prepare them first and add them cooked. 🙂

  5. Is the sugar necessary? I have never made baked beans before and I don’t normally like foods mixing sweet and savory very much. I do love beans and the other ingredients.

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