Cowpoke Beans

"You've got to treat these little pinto beans the same way you would a newborn colt -- with a lot of love and attention." -- Richard Bolt, 6666 Ranch

1 pound dry pinto beans
2 1/2 cups cold water
1/2 pound salt pork, cut up
1  red chili pepper
1  medium onion, chopped
1 clove {garlic}, minced
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin seed
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
Wash and pick over beans and put in a mixing bowl. Cover beans with cold water and soak overnight.

The next morning put the beans and cold water in a Dutch oven, and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour.

Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer 3 hours or until tender. Add water if necessary.

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 10 min
soak overnight

Cook Time: 4 hr

Servings: 8

Recipe By: Bill Kurtis with Michelle M. Martin

From:  The Prairie Table Cookbook
Used with permission of Sourcebooks, Inc.