Great Side for a Hungry Crowd

Hello Everyone,

This Fourth of July we invited to join some friends for a potluck and fireworks. Saw this recipe on The Pioneer Woman/Food Network. Well after all was said and done there was only about a spoonful left to take home, so that made me feel great! I changed a few of the portions and omitted a couple of ingredients  (listed in red) to suit our tastes and cut down on the fats a little. Using a cast iron pot is an important step, but if you don’t have a dutch oven you can fry the bacon, peppers and onion in an iron skillet, then transfer to a heavy cooking pot for the rest of the preparation. From the results I got the time is well worth it. Hope you like them as much as we did!

Cowboy Bacon Beans                                            clip_image002

Author: Recipe courtesy Ree Drummond
Total Time: 4 hr 10 min

Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 4 hr 0 min


4 cups

dry pinto beans

1 pound

thick-cut bacon, cut into pieces   ½ lb

2 whole

green bell peppers, diced    1 Your choice, I used orange

1 whole

onion, diced                       ½ cup

1 cup

brown sugar

1/4 cup


2 tablespoons


1 tablespoon

chili powder, optional    I used ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons

salt, more or less to taste

2 teaspoons

black pepper, more or less to taste

4 cloves

garlic, minced       I didn’t use any


Soak beans about 2 hours in cold water. Rinse the beans under cold water, sorting out any rocks/particles. Set aside. In a heavy pot (cast iron), saute the bacon pieces until halfway cooked and the fat is rendered. Add the green peppers and onions to the pot and cook until starting to get brown, about 3 minutes. Add the beans and cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, and then add the brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, chili powder, salt, pepper and garlic. Reduce the heat to a simmer, place on the lid and cook until the beans are tender and the liquid is thick 3 to 4 hours. I made these a day ahead and put them in a casserole dish to bake at 350 degrees until they bubbled. About an hour.
Source:                  Ree Drummond-The Pioneer Woman

Until Later, Enjoy!! clip_image004

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2 Responses to Great Side for a Hungry Crowd

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  2. close says:

    Thanks for sharing this, its great :)