Buckaroo Beans

READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
Recipe by Theresa P

This is a recipe request for pinto beans. It is from an old work cookbook that I have had for about 26 years. It is a treasured book full of wonderful recipes and wonderful memories of some really great people!

Top Review by sugarpea

Perfection in a soup bowl. This is a great basic recipe that can be spiced up in any favorite style or left just as it's written. I soaked the beans overnight and skipped the boil/let-stand-for-1-hour step and I substituted ham and a ham bone for the salt pork. The beans cooked perfectly as directed. Keep this one for another 26 years, Theresa.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add washed beans to water in large heavy pot; bring to boil.
  2. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and cover.
  3. Let stand an hour.
  4. Slice onion thick and garlic thin; add them along with the bay leaf and salt pork and bring to a rapid boil.
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer; cover tightly and cook until beans are tender.
  6. Add tomatoes, dry mustard, green pepper, chili powder, brown sugar and oregano.
  7. Cover and simmer for about 2 hours to get full rich flavor.
  8. Beans should cook until there is just enough liquid left to resemble thick gravy.
  9. You may have to remove cover at the last hour of cooking to thicken beans.

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