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Cowpoke Beans Recipe
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Cowpoke Beans

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"This recipe was used by a chef I worked for and still enjoy feeding to my crew at home. This was served as a side dish for a Mardi Gras feast. You can also make this for vegetarian by omitting the bacon. A little of the favor is missing, but it still has a kick."

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  • PREP

    12 hrs

    12 hrs


  1. Soak pinto beans overnight with plenty of water to cover. Drain, remove to a large cooking pot, and cover with fresh water. Add the bacon, red chile flakes, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 3 hours.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion in butter until tender. Add the tomatoes, parsley, cumin, marjoram, and salt. Simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes to blend the flavors.
  3. When beans are tender, drain off any remaining water. Pour in the tomato mixture, and simmer for an additional 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 24, 2003

My husband & I LOVE this recipe. It's thick & pasty & hearty ~ perfect comfort food. I use a lot more bacon & a lot more garlic. Everything else I do exactly as she says, & we honestly hold this recipe as one of our very favorites. I even chose it as the one to give out in a recipe tree I was involved in!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 24, 2003

This recipe was fine, but I feel that the spices weren't strong enough.

Jul 24, 2003

I made this for my family and they loved it. We don't like things too hot but with good flavor and this one has it.

Aug 18, 2005

Awesome recipe! Great with smoked ribs, brisket, chicken, etc. I substituted the stewed tomatoes with Rotel tomatoes and it has been a big hit time and time again. Thanks for sharing T. Pringle.

Dec 26, 2012

I love these beans! I never seem to have the marjoram on hand, but I use all the rest of the ingredients mostly as measured. If I happen to have a ham bone, I'll use it and chunks of ham instead of bacon. I also add a jalapeno when boiling for more flavor with a kick. The secret is the added tomato mixture and letting the flavors meld together. We make a meal out of it with cornbread on the side. NOTE: This is not a chili recipe, so you'll have to hunt the website a little longer if that's what you are looking for. These are just good old fashioned Southern comfort food.

Jan 03, 2011

These beans had good flavor, but I found them to have no sauce to speak of. Not sure why, I followed the drections exactly, and others haven't had this problem.

Jul 24, 2003

Tasted strange and not much like chili as I know it, even for vegetarian chili. My husband loved the balance of spices used, so I thought next time I'd try adding some ground beef for that more traditional chili flavor.

Dec 01, 2011

These beans are in their final stages, cooking on my stove as we speak. Fantastic! Rarely do I find beans which have so much complexity. DELISH!!! The only thing I did differently is add a jalapeno from my garden while boiling the beans. YUMMO!


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  • Calories
  • 127 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 6.5 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 705 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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