Cowpoke Beans

Cowpoke Beans


"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."


12 h servings 127 cals
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Original recipe yields 7 servings



  • Calories:
  • 127 kcal
  • 6%
  • Fat:
  • 6.5 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 14.3g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 705 mg
  • 28%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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  1. 25 Ratings


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 t...

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.

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

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. Pring...

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 inste...

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.

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...

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 ...

Great Food ! took it to work and watched it dissappear!I subbed smoked shanks instead of bacon .Very good will do again, Might make them a bit spicier but great as is .