Cowboy Beans

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 261.3
  • Total Fat: 11.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 24.9 mg
  • Sodium: 554.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 25.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8.1 g
  • Protein: 14.3 g

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From Food TV's Mexican Made Easy Spicy and Comforting From Food TV's Mexican Made Easy Spicy and Comforting
Number of Servings: 4


    2 cups pinto beans, cleaned, soaked overnight in a non-reactive bowl and drained; liquid discarded
    1 ham hock
    1 bay leaf
    3 cloves garlic, peeled
    1 whole jalapeno chile
    5 cups water
    2/3 cup finely chopped white onion,
    4 ounces pork chorizo, casing removed
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a large saucepan, bring the soaked beans, ham hock, bay leaf, garlic, jalapeno, and 5 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 2 hours or until beans are tender. If the beans absorb too much water, add 1 cup of water after 1 hour and continue cooking (Beans mixture should remain soupy while cooking). Turn off the heat.

To nonstick frying pan, add onion and cook for about 3 minutes or until translucent. Transfer onion mixture to the pot with the beans. Wipe pan clean. In same pan cook chorizo over medium heat until crisp, about 1 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chorizo and drain on paper towels. Add to the beans. Season lightly with salt, if necessary. Stir the beans over medium-high heat until heated through. Remove the bay leaf and ham hock and discard. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Cook's Note: In place of soaking the beans, you can use 3 (15-ounce) cans rinsed and drained pinto beans. Proceed as above but reduce the cooking time to 1 hour.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user DULCINEA54935.