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    Cowboy's Pinto Beans

    Cowboy's Pinto Beans. Photo by pattikay in L.A.

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    1 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    1 hrs

    Leslie in Texas's Note:

    This is my recreation of the pinto beans at our favorite BBQ restaurant. It took a while to get the spicy, slightly sweet flavor right and this comes pretty durn close to the original.

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    1. 1
      Spray a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
    2. 2
      Cook bacon until just crisp, pat with paper towels, and crumble. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.
    3. 3
      In reserved bacon grease, sauté onion and garlic until tender, about 10 minutes.
    4. 4
      Put undrained pinto beans, onions and garlic, bacon pieces, and rest of ingredients into the casserole dish and mix well.
    5. 5
      Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350°F oven for 1 hour.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 04, 2008


      These were a big hit and they freeze well! I also used real bacon bits. I don't think it hurt the recipe at all but can't wait to try it with real strips of bacon! Thanks.

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    • on June 26, 2007


      It's the molasses that does the trick in this recipe, don't delete it. I use molasses in almost all my bean recipes. It's something I learned from my mother and I know others who use a little dark karo syrup. I was out of sliced bacon, so I substituted the real bacon pieces from a jar commonly used on salads. They worked fine but I must stress they were REAL bacon.

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    • on January 27, 2007


      Don't miss out on trying these beans! I don't remember having such delicious beans before, even at a restaurant. The flavor is peppery hot and slightly sweet (but not overpowering in any way). I tripled the recipe (but used less bacon and more garlic), filling a 9x13 pan to the brim. I made these to go with some beef enchiladas that I am bringing to another family (and keeping half for ourselves). You did a fine job recreating those beans, Leslie! Roxygirl

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    Nutritional Facts for Cowboy's Pinto Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (134 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 319.4
    Calories from Fat 86
    Total Fat 9.6 g
    Saturated Fat 3.0 g
    Cholesterol 12.8 mg
    Sodium 328.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 44.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 13.0 g
    Sugars 6.0 g
    Protein 15.3 g

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