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My Cowboy Beans for Chili


Joined Aug 31, 2015
The thought of beans and chili can often bring out more contentious arguments than religion or politics. To keep the peace, I make my chili without beans and make what I call Cowboy Beans that can be added as desired. It keeps the purists happy and allows those bean lovers to get what they want.

Cowboy Beans (for one 15 oz. can of beans)
1-2 slices of bacon - diced
1/2 small onion - diced
1 15 oz. can pinto beans
Chopped fresh - to taste
S&P - to taste

Brown bacon over medium heat
Add onion & cook until softened/translucent
Reduce heat to medium-low & add beans
Cook/heat beans 5-10 minutes to heat and let flavors mingle
Stir in cilantro & serve

I usually ladle some into the middle of the bowl. That allows me to have spoonfuls with & without the beans. Makes a good presentation, too.


chef jimmyj

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I'd eat them with anything, not just Chili! I'm in the same boat. Only 2 in my house will eat Beans with Chili. I make it easy on myself. An hour or two into the Chili simmering, I ladle a couple of Cups of the sauce and Beef Fat, into my drained Canned Beans and let them cook, on low, until the desired doneness...JJ

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