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Cowboy Beans By David Hawks

Submitted by my friend David Hawks from California

Cowboy beans is not exactly a holiday dish, nor is it a dish for those watching their carbs, calories, and fat intake. But it is a dish a man would appreciate while watching Monday night football on a cold evening. The beauty of this dish is; It can be made from any kind of dry bean you prefer, and you can substitute ham hocks, for ox tails, lamb shank, just about any red meat or poultry. And though this may have several steps. But it’s a dish you can walk away from, and easy to make! 



2 pounds of dry pinto beans
2-3  Smoked Ham Hocks
1 cup Green chilies, diced
1 cup Lard or Margarine (yes this recipe calls for lard)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional Toppings: Chopped yellow onion, and shredded cheese of your liking. I think a nice spicy jack cheese would go real nice, even crumbled bacon.



Soak beans in salted water overnight, RINSE THOROUGHLY place in a large pot on the stove and bring to a boil and allow beans to cool. Move beans to crock pot and on lowest setting cook for 6 hours.

Add ham hocks, a cup of lard (Margarine can be used instead) Bring heat up a tad for a couple more hours.
Add salt and pepper to taste, and 1 cup diced green chilies and serve.
The two tricks that really make em good

Allow to cool completely after boil.

Must add lard or margarine.


A bowl of Cowboy Beans and an Ice Cold Beer! Bring on the Football!

A bowl of Cowboy Beans and an Ice Cold Beer! Bring on the Football!












My friend David & his sons Jacob & Wyatt Hawks. Three great guys!!!

My friend David & his sons Jacob & Wyatt Hawks. Three great guys!!!


About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

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