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Friday, January 28, 2011

In Nutrition & Health - Cowboy Beans!

I have been trying to perfect these "Cowboy Beans" since we made a trip to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming this summer. I have never gotten them right.........until last night! Oh this batch tasted soooo yummy!

In this economy, I know everyone is trying to pinch pennies and cut corners on their grocery bill. Dry pinto beans are about as cheap as you can get at 25 pounds for about $14 dollars. Throw in some brown rice (gaba rice even) and you have a complete protein!

Recipe: I threw a bunch of beans into my Lodge dutch oven, soaked overnight in water. Cooked them in 1/2 chicken stock, 1/2 water. About 1/2 way through cooking add a pound of already cooked bacon and chili powder to taste (about 3 tablespoons). Cook until tender.
cowboy beans

I am a HUGE advocate of beans for health, as my mother-in-law, who lived through the depression, grew up on pinto beans. It was a staple in their home. Even when she would arrive home from school hungry, her mama would give her a "little bowl of beans" to hold her until suppertime. My mother-in-law was always healthy and lean growing up, and remained that way throughout her life with healthy eating and daily walking. I believe the beans helped keep her healthy in their own small way.

Read about all that pinto beans contain at the
World's Healthiest Foods!

Need more convincing you should add more beans to your diet? Check out these links:


  1. I would love the recipe as well!

    I absolutely LOVE beans. I eat them several times a week. They are pretty much my main source of protein these days (that and nuts!)

  2. Yum... This makes me want chili!

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  3. Thanks for the recipe...beans are a favorite at our house. In Texas, we have a line of spices by a company called FIESTA...they make a pinto bean seasoning mix which is wonderful...

  4. This looks like such a delicious comfort food...and with our frigid temps lately - I need that! :)

  5. I love beans! I make them about once a week as a side or in something but really should start doing it more!