Cowboy's Pinto Beans
photo by pattikay in L.A.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 20mins
- 30 ounces pinto beans
- 5 slices bacon
- 1⁄2 cup diced onion
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1⁄3 cup catsup
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- Spray a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Cook bacon until just crisp, pat with paper towels, and crumble. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.
- In reserved bacon grease, sauté onion and garlic until tender, about 10 minutes.
- Put undrained pinto beans, onions and garlic, bacon pieces, and rest of ingredients into the casserole dish and mix well.
- Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350°F oven for 1 hour.
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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.
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
I made this recipe for a Mexican dinner potluck, and it complemented the other food wonderfully. I quadrupled the recipe, which was easy to do. I only doubled the bacon (microwavable), onion, cumin, cayenne pepper, pepper sauce, pepper, and worcestshire. I tripled the molasses, garlic, and chili powder. It turned out on the mild side with a little spicy kick. I used black and pinto beans. I also drained the beans a good bit, but I think that was only necessary because I had increased the recipe. These beans would be my choice over refried beans. Thanks for a great recipe!