Slow-Cooked Cowboy Beans

The Slow-Cooked Cowboy Beans is a tasty yet heart healthy dish great for cold weather. All ingredients can be easily found at your local supermarket and cooking is a breeze. Black and Kidney beans are considered to be extremely heart healthy, containing omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, and lots of fiber.

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Slow-Cooked Cowboy Beans


1 lb. dried red beans ¼ tsp oregano
2 cups yellow onion, chopped ¼ tsp garlic powder
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped ¼ tsp thyme
1 tsp (3 cloves) minced garlic 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
¼ crushed red pepper ¼ cup picante sauce
¾ tsp pepper 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
¼ tsp salt (optional)


Wash beans in a colander.  Drain water.  Place beans in a large pot; add water to ½ inch above the beans.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and let set for 1 hour.  Drain beans and water using a colander.  Place beans in a large crock pot (8 qt) and add water to 1 ½ inches above the beans.  Add remaining ingredients (onion through tomato paste); cook, covered, over low heat, for 12 hours.  Yields approx 9 servings.



This tasty, heart-healthy recipe is part of Memorial Hermann’s effort to support people in making better food choices which are nutritional balanced.  Developed by registered dietitians, it offers a quick, easy food solution to complement a healthy, active lifestyle.


As with any nutrition or exercise program, consult your physicians and registered dietitian before embarking upon a specific plan.  This plan is not meant to cure or prevent disease, rather it is intended for information and reference purposes only and is not for use as an alternative for appropriate medical care.  If you think you have a medical problem, you should seek professional medical help immediately.