Fantastic recipe given to me by a Texas rancher. Pinto or red beans are cooked with pork sausage. Great blend of spices and flavorings and doubly yummy with a little Jamaican rum and sour cream. Easy and the best beans ever to serve as your main dish with cornbread. You can substitute red beans for the pinto beans.

Sally

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
4 hrs 5 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
12 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine cold water and beans in a pot; let stand 8 hours to overnight.

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  • Stir butter into the pot with the beans and water; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir pork sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and reserve 2 tablespoons sausage drippings.

  • Stir sausage and reserved drippings, apple slices, tomato juice, onion, brown sugar, garlic, salt, chili powder, mustard, and black pepper into beans. Bring bean mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer until flavors blend, about 2 hours.

  • Stir rum into beans, ladle beans into bowls, and top with sour cream.

Cook's Note:

You can bake the beans in a covered, oven-proof pot at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 2 hours instead of simmering, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

380 calories; protein 16.6g 33% DV; carbohydrates 49.9g 16% DV; fat 11.4g 18% DV; cholesterol 27mg 9% DV; sodium 999mg 40% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2015
This recipe is great over white rice! I didn't have 2 hours to wait for the dried beans to cook so I used canned black beans. I also substituted spicy italian sausage because I had some already in my fridge. Tart apples spicy sausage and the sweetness of the brown sugar really make this dish unique and delicious... Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/25/2018
Made exactly as written. Edible but tastes weird for beans. Kind of sweet and sour. Not my idea of cowboy pinto beans--no cumin no peppers no spicy heat no smokiness etc. (FWIW this recipe makes a soup not a dish comprised of discrete beans.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2015
This recipe is great over white rice! I didn't have 2 hours to wait for the dried beans to cook so I used canned black beans. I also substituted spicy italian sausage because I had some already in my fridge. Tart apples spicy sausage and the sweetness of the brown sugar really make this dish unique and delicious... Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/25/2018
Made exactly as written. Edible but tastes weird for beans. Kind of sweet and sour. Not my idea of cowboy pinto beans--no cumin no peppers no spicy heat no smokiness etc. (FWIW this recipe makes a soup not a dish comprised of discrete beans.) Read More