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Cold Rainy morning in So. Cal. made some Beans

Ross in VenturaRoss in Ventura Posts: 7,150
edited 12:55AM in EggHead Forum
Cold and wet.
Time to cook up some Beans
They just have to cook for 4 or 5 hrs. at 300*
They are ready
Cowboy Beans or Ranch Beans

"Cowboy Beans" or Ranch Beans or whatever.

2 Lbs. pinto beans, rinsed sorted and soaked overnight (or quick soak. Boil for 2 minutes and let stand 1 hour and drain and rinse.)
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 pound bacon, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, finely chopped
3 tomatoes, peeled and chopped, ( explained how to peel tomatoes before)
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup chili powder
1/2 to 1 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on your taste)
1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 cup chopped cilantro
3 qts. chicken broth, the kind you get at the market
Liquid smoke and tabasco sauce to taste

Melt butter in large pot or dutch oven. Add bacon and next 4 ingredients and saute' for about 4 or 5 minutes until vegies are tender but not burned. Add cilantro, chili powder, cayenne and tomato paste and cook about 3 minutes. Add beans, broth, salt and pepper to taste, bring to boil then lower heat and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours or 'til beans are tender. During this time liquid smoke (remember, a little of this stuff goes a long way) and tabasco and adjust seasonings to taste. If you want this thicker you can mash beans against the side of the pot to thicken.



  • Ross,

    You keep using "cold" and "rain" in the same sentence with "California" you are going to blow it for us Californians.

  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Thanks for sharing the pictorial and recipe Ross. That pot looks really good.

    I wish I had some of your cold weather - it would warm us up a little.

    I have been wondering about the type of heater you have in the picture. Need something to relieve some of the cold when doing our cooking in the winter. 20° to -15° standing next to the egg most of the time.

  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226

    I was going to make a remark about that too. You and Ross's cold and rainy is our freezing and snow. Looks like it is going to hit here this weekend. It sure would be nice if it was just rain.

  • Kent,

    Where in UT? I've spent a number of yrs photographing in the southeastern part of your state. Very striking place to wear out a camera.

  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,305

    I have never made beans that I was happy with. I will give your recipe a go this weekend. They look awesome.



    Caledon, ON


  • Rich,
    Not very much!
  • Kent,
    I do not use the heater often but its handy to have.
  • Steven they are very good!
  • Ross,

    "I do not use the heater often ...." You sure know how to hurt a guy.

  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    Woww Ross

    Sorry hadn't seen your busy with the brisket.... those beans look just as good as the ones at my parent's house..the ingredients are practically the same..just my father added the Tabasco only to his own......will give them a try...first time I see them on the egg TKS for the recipe!! ;)
  • Enjoy Beli!
  • tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
    Gee Ross, cold, better not tell those easterner's that 69 degrees is cold for us, they may want ot move out to sunny california. But those beans look mighty good
  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,402
    Ross, those look freakin awesome. Thanks for posting the recipe as well. Printing it out now!!

    Okay...those pictures were taken on this cold rainy day? I got news for you. That's not cold. You still have plants outside, and I don't see any ice ;-)

    Thanks again mang.
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Very close to Salt Lake. The southern part (both east & west) of Utah has some wonderful camping & some great 4 wheeling as well as some great white knuckle 4 wheeling.

  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Yea, he is just rubbin it in. I wouldn't think it would be needed much at all.

    I have to wear knee pads here when winter cooking up here. Knees keep banging together.

  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Steve, on the egg, it is hard to make beans that are not good.

    Even a very simple split pea soup is great on the egg.

    The recipe Ross put up looks really good.

    Also, check out thirdeyes site for some great beans/soups.

  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,553
    Ross, look'n good, I am sure smell'n good & tast'n good, I like your lawn too, I haven't seen green in a couple months :( , but the build up to spring is happening, then it'll be Miller Time - great cook man
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    80 and a slight drizzle doesn't count. :woohoo: :woohoo:
    Like mine a little thicker, but I would eat those up quick. :ohmy:

  • Beanie-BeanBeanie-Bean Posts: 3,092
    Nice cook, Ross--thanks for sharing the recipe. Wish some of that rain would make it here to Texas. I love your green grass in the background!

    Take care,
  • NilsNils Posts: 82
    Looks pretty good, Ross!

    I should have checked forums yesterday and come over for a bowl ;)

    btw - was that done over your newly acquired Royal Oak?
  • Chris,

    The beans tasted great, I hope you enjoy them.
  • Thanks Zippy.
  • Mike.
    They are in the Frig. now I'm going to heat them up on Saterday.
  • Thanks Mike, I hope your grass greens up soon!
  • Nils you are welcome any time, I'm not getting the RO until next week!
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