Easy Recipe
Prep Time
15 minutes
Wait Time
8 hours
Cook Time
1 hour 30 minutes

Cowboy beans are a longtime American favorite dating back to frontier days. They are typically made with pinto beans, but often include other types of beans such as kidney or black beans. Cowboy beans can be made with ground beef, bacon, ketchup, and barbecue sauce. My version uses turkey bacon and no added sweetenersa healthier version of this staple American recipe! Serve beans as part of a summer barbecue dinner, or with a green salad for a simple, nourishing meal. 

Preparation Note

Place the dry pinto beans into a large bowl and cover with several inches of water. Let the beans soak on your counter for 8 to 24 hours. Then rinse and drain in a colander before cooking.

3 cups pinto beans (soaked for 8 to 24 hours)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onions chopped
1½ teaspoons sea salt
8 ounces turkey bacon chopped
5 cloves garlic crushed
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
6 cups water
1 cups unsweetened barbecue sauce