Cattleman's Beans


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 6 cups cold water

  • 2 ¼ cups dried pinto beans

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ½ pound bulk pork sausage

  • 2 cups peeled tart apple slices

  • 1 ½ cups tomato juice

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon coarse black pepper

  • ¼ cup Jamaican rum

  • ¼ cup sour cream, for topping


  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
11g Fat
50g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 380
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 999mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 16mg 78%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 1026mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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