Cowboy Beans

I have fallen in love with a blog- for awhile now, thanks to CeeJay.. it is Ree at The Pioneer Woman.  This woman is really amazing- and she lives a life I would love to touch if only for a day or 3.  She has a cooking blog linked to her regular blog- GO RUN QUICK NOW and look at it and then come back.  I’ll wait.  Ok, amazing right??  So I made the Beans and Cornbread.  I have a few photos of the cooking portion- but as for a photo of the plated/eating…well, it happened so fast, there are none.  Thank you, Ree!!  This was a HUGE hit with my family!!

Here is the recipe:

Pioneer Woman Beans & Cornbread


4 cups pinto beans

4 slices thick bacon (can also use salt pork, OR ham hock, OR diced ham)

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground black pepper

Rinse beans with cool water, then pour into a pot and cover with water by 2 to 3 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for approximately two hours, or until beans are tender. If water level decreases too much during cooking, add water as necessary. Beans should have a thick broth. Toward end of cooking time, add salt and pepper and check for seasoning. Adjust seasoning before serving, but don’t oversalt. Can add chili powder, garlic, Tabasco if you’d like; but the beans are great with just salt and pepper. Serve in a bowl with cornbread. Can serve with small bowls of grated cheese, chopped onions, chopped fresh jalapenos, sour cream, and/or cilantro.


1 cup yellow corn meal

½ cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

½ cup milk

1 egg

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons shortening

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat 2 tablespoons shortening in an iron skillet, muffin pan, or other baking pan. Combine corn meal, flour, and salt in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, milk, and egg and stir just to combine. Add baking powder and baking soda, stir, then add ¼ cup melted shortening, stirring constantly. Mix well, then pour into hot pan, evening out the surface with a spatula. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Cut into squares. Eat. Moan. Groan. Smile.


Pioneer Woman

and after you go see the AMAZING photos at Ree’s site, here are my goofy ones!

Img_4734 and so it begins…

Img_4736 beans

Img_4737 bacon

Img_4739 ready to cook

Img_4742 my "helpers" doing some crafts while Momma cooks.

Img_4744 boiling!!

Img_4746 All done- I added only salt and pepper. 

We ate it with the cornbread- YUMMY!!!  Jack and Katie ate 3 helpings.  Michael had 2 big ones.  Sammy ate one bean.  Oh well, can’t please them all.  Thanks again, Ree!!  I loved it.


5 thoughts on “Cowboy Beans

  1. LOL, Laura. I am still laughing. Ok, both Jack and Sammy have been quoting Pastor Joe- What are you doing this summer Napolean? Anything I want to….GOSH! BAHAHAH

  2. It is cooking as I type. You forgot to mention that you toss the 4 pieces of cut up bacon in the pot in the begining. Actually now I read Ree’s recipe she doesn’t mention that either.

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