Texas Cowboy Beans

Cowboy Beans

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Prep: 14 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 14 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
381 Calories
7g Fat
63g Carbs
18g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 381
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 969mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 18mg 91%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 1146mg 24%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In Texas, beans mean Pinto Beans. These beans are cooked up with brisket burnt ends and barbecue sauce to make them the perfect side dish for barbecue brisket. If you don't have burnt ends try a grilled steak cooked well. You will want a smoky flavor for these barbecue beans.


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans, picked over

  • 2 quarts water

  • 1 (14-ounce) can whole tomatoes

  • 2 cups chopped cooked brisket, preferably burnt ends

  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

  • 3 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Wash beans and pour into a large saucepan or dutch oven.

  3. Add all other ingredients except the salt.

  4. Bring to a boil while stirring.

  5. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for two hours, covered.

  6. Stir occasionally, bringing up the beans from the bottom to prevent burning to so they will cook evenly.

  7. Add the salt after 1 hour.

  8. The beans are done when soft but still hold their shape.

  9. Serve and enjoy!