Seasoned Cowboy Beans with Benevolent Bacon™

  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
  • Prep Time: 1 Hour
  • Cook Time: 3 Hours
  • Total: 4 Hours


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 1 pkg. (8 slices) Sweet Earth Foods Benevolent Bacon™
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño chili, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Place beans in heavy large Dutch oven. Add enough water to cover by 3 inches. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain.
  2. In a lightly oiled skillet or pan, heat all 8 slices of Benevolent Bacon™ for 2 to 3 minutes on each side (bacon should not be too crispy), pull from skillet when still slightly ‘limp’ then chop into ½” pieces and set aside.
  3. Return beans to Dutch oven after sitting for 1 hour. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Add all remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer until beans are tender and liquid thickens, stirring frequently, about 3 hours.
  4. Discard bay leaf. Season beans with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.)
  5. Ladle into bowls and serve as is or over rice, with or without cornbread. ENJOY 🙂