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Cowboy Beans


  • 16oz dry pinto beans
  • 8oz smoked ham hock
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 can chopped green chilis, undrained
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5½ cups water


Rinse and pick over beans. Combine beans, ham hock, onion, chiles (including liquid), oregano, and salt. Add water to about 1 inch above beans. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1½ hours, stirring occasionally.

Add 1½ more cups water and simmer for 2 hours more, or until beans are tender and liquid has thickened. Add more water as necessary.

Remove ham hock and finely chop meat. Stir chopped meat into beans.