Buckaroo Beans

Makes 6 Servings


 1 can (1 3/4 cup) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
 3 cups water
 8 ounces ham, cut into cubes
 1 cup onion, diced
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 1 small bay leaf
 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
 2 cups green pepper, chopped
 1 teaspoon chili powder
 2 tablespoons brown sugar
 2 teaspoons dry mustard
 1/4 teaspoon oregano or cumin


  1. Combine beans, water, ham, onion, garlic and bay leaf in a large pot.
  2. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for at least 30 more minutes. The longer the mixture simmers, the better the flavor. Enough liquid should be left on beans to resemble a medium-thick gravy.

Tip: Serve over brown rice or quinoa. If you do not have fresh garlic use about 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder.

Recipe adapted from: NDSU Extension Service

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