Cowboy Beans Recipe
"Yum, a cowboy beans recipe!" may not be your first thought.
That comes later. Rest assured, this is NOT a "ridin' the dusty trail hard" kind of recipe, but the "I can't believe they actually call it Cowboy Beans" kind.
A welcome side dish recipe, BBQ and picnic food idea, or meal in itself. Truly, one of the best things to happen to pinto beans.
Hearty and delicious pinto beans recipe.
1 pound pinto beans
1 or 2 ham shanks* or ham hocks
1 large onion, chopped
2 whole fresh green chilies, seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon each cumin, oregano, and chili powder
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
*Note: Ham shanks are much meatier than ham hocks. If you don't see them, ask your butcher.
Rinse the beans and place them in a large Bowl with water to cover plus 3 inches. Let them soak for several hours or overnight.
Place in 12" deep Dutch oven, (beans and Soaking water) Add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 4 hours.
Remove the lid and simmer for 1 additional hour to reduce the liquid.
Remove the ham shank, cut the meat from the bone and return the meat to the pot. Stir. Serve hot or at room temperature.