Tag Archives: Dried Beans

Cowboy Beans – Frijoles Charros Instant Pot

When I lived in the Southwest, I used to miss “Baked Beans.” It seemed that anytime I ate out and ordered beans as a side, they were either Cowboy Beans – Frijoles Charros, or some kind of Barbecued Baked Beans. Now that I’m in the Midwest, I miss those Cowboy Beans. Go figure, huh?

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Frijoles Charros or Cowboy Beans

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Creamy White Chicken Chili

Creamy, dreamy with a hint of heat and a touch of smokiness, this White Chicken Chili is great family fare and perfect for a gathering, too.

Creamy White Chicken Chili
Creamy White Chicken Chili

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Traditional Black Eyed Peas

Talk about good down-home plain cooking, I make black eyed peas from time to time, and with New Year’s coming up (and a bag of peas I’ve been meaning to use up) now is the time~!

Traditional Black Eyed Peas
Traditional Black Eyed Peas

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Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

I wasn’t just going on and on about the Chickpea in previous post for the fun of it!  🙂 I am absolutely enamoured by this main dish salad. It’s full of fantastic good for you ingredients: Spinach, Chickpeas, Olives and Oven Roasted Cauliflower and is set off beautifully by the home-made dressing.

Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad
Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

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A Chickpea by any other name – Garbanzo

The chickpea, sometimes called the Garbanzo bean has been around since Man began cultivating and is a main staple of many diets, yet the lowly chickpea has often been relegated to not much more than a hummus ingredient here in the States.

Chickpeas with Bay Leaves and Herbs
Chickpeas with Bay Leaves and Herbs

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Cowboy Caviar Salad

I just recently learned the history of Cowboy Caviar – along with the original recipe. The earliest recipes were basically pickled black-eyed peas with a bit of onion and garlic! While we’ve come a long way since then with all kinds of additions, bottled salad dressing just isn’t one I approve of! But then you probably already knew that if you’re a regular reader! Simple dressings like this are so easy and inexpensive to make at home and there are no worries about strange additives.

Cowboy Caviar Salad
Cowboy Caviar Salad

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Canned Refried Beans

Refried beans are so often misunderstood – unless you’ve had great ones! That’s another post, requiring planning and foresight to soak and cook the lovely pintos, but in the meantime, don’t be afraid to pick up can. Yep, a can. I said it, me, who hardly endorses any premade products. Get the right brand and use this top-secret method to doctor them up into creamy goodness.

Refried beans from a can; a touch of butter, a little milk and cheese.
Refried beans from a can; a touch of butter, a little milk and cheese.

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