Idaho Cowboy Beans

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 1000 Springs Mill organic Pinto Beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 large onion thick sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thin sliced
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • ½ lb of ham or bacon
  • 2 cups canned tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped sweet red or green peppers
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon powdered mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

Place heavy kettle with soaked beans and soaking water over high heat. Add onion, garlic, bay leaf, meat. Ham/bacon should be cut in ½ inch cubes. Bring to boiling point rapidly. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover tightly. Cook 1 – 1 ½ hours. Add remaining ingredients, except salt. Bring to boiling point rapidly, reduce heat to simmer. Taste for salt. Cover. Simmer for 2 hours. There should be enough liquid on beans to resemble a medium-thick gravy.