Tom Mix Cowboy Beans
developed this bean dish in honor of the famed silent film cowboy
star, Tom Mix.
Makes 8 servings:
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Time: 3-1/2 to 4 hours
In a large kettle, add the beans and pour in water.
You want the water to cover with enough water about 2 inches above
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 cups of water.
Then add ham, onions, and garlic.
Bring the water to a boil and cook the bean for 10
Then reduce the kettle’s heat to low and
for 2 hours.
Then remove the ham.
Allow the ham to cool, then cut into 1/2 - inch
Return ham to the kettle. You
add the cumin, oregano, cilantro, and pepper next.
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.
You want to make this recipe a day or two ahead.
Just heat and place in thermos or thermal containers and head to the
picnic or tailgate site. Just serve out of the thermal container or pour from the
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