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Badlands Cowboy Beans

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A couple of years ago, Linda and I wrote a book titled, "Never Let The Truth Get in The Way of a Good Story".  It was a book about our family and neighborhood journey in building a NW Nebraska Badlands Bunk & Board / Steakhouse.  On one of those pages, we printed a recipe for a very popular dish, Badlands Cowboy Beans.  This Forum seemed a great place to duplicate that item publication..... and so...


(This recipe is set up to feed approximately 50 people; for less simply reduce the recipe...)

Brown 1 pound of 85% or 90% ground beef along with 1 large onion, chopped.  

Add 2 cans of diced tomatoes and green chilies 

Stir in 1 heaping table Tbs. of au'jus paste

As your concoction is heating and blending together on a low heat, rinse 3 large (institutional size) cans of pinto beans.  This is an important step that you do not want to ignore.

When rinsed, add the 3 large cans of beans along with water that does not quite cover the beans .  Stir so you are able to blend everything, in your "thick bottomed" pot.

Simmer on low heat until everything is cooked and blended together, ooh, certainly for an hour or less.  Stir from the bottom often.

Tip: If you intend to serve these beans for supper, make then before breakfast and when they are done, simply shut off the heat and just let them sit.  At supper time, turn the heat back on low to bring everything back up to serving temp.


If you have beans left over, you can put them in the fridge or the freezer to thaw, heat and enjoy at a later time.

Jeff Wing
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@kesselring A lot of us have had your beans out at the cook shack. Brings back fond memories. Chicken and sweet corn with a side of cowboy beans. Good times...

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Thank you so much for the Bean Recipe.  My husband will be in heaven!  Any chance we might get a pie recipe???? 😊