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Tom Mix Cowboy Beans

Cowboy Cooking Recipes from AlansKitchen.comMakes 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 - pound dried pinto beans, sorted, rinsed and drained

  • 8 - cup water

  • 1 to 1-1/2 - pounds. ham shank

  • 2 - medium onions, chopped

  • 2 - garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 - teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 - teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 - teaspoon dried cilantro

  • 1/2 - teaspoon pepper

  • 1 - teaspoon salt

  • 2 - teaspoon limes


  1. In a large kettle, add the beans and pour in water. You want the water to cover with enough water about 2 inches above beans.   Cover and let stand overnight. On the other hand, bring beans to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cover for 1 hour or until tender.  Drain the beans and add the 8 c. of water. Then add ham, onions, and garlic. 

  2. Bring the water to a boil and cook the bean for 10 minutes. Then reduce the kettle's heat to low and simmer for 2 hours. Then remove the ham. Allow the ham to cool, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Return ham to the kettle. You add the cumin, oregano, cilantro, and pepper next.

  3. Continue to simmer for an additional 1 hour. The beans should be very tender and with little liquid. (If the beans to become too dry, add a little water. If the beans are too soupy, continue to cook.)  Now is the time to add the salt. Cut limes into wedges and squeeze into beans.

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