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Cattleman's Beans

Rated as 3.67 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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12 h 25 m servings 380
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Combine cold water and beans in a pot; let stand 8 hours to overnight.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Per Serving: 380 calories; 11.4 49.9 16.6 27 999 Full nutrition

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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...

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 ...