Recipe courtesy of Kathy Landers and Guy Landers

Covered Wagon Beans

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 8 hr 17 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 12 min
  • Cook: 8 hr
  • Yield: 15 to 20 servings
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10 to 12 cups water

6 cups pinto beans



2 tablespoons chili powder

2 chopped onions

1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes

2 tablespoons bacon fat

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Put the water and beans in a large Dutch oven or a large pot and soak overnight. After soaking, you're ready for cooking.
  2. Rinse the beans and add fresh water. Add salt, pepper, and chili powder and bring to a boil uncovered. Reduce the heat to low and add chopped onions, tomatoes, bacon fat, and garlic. The beans need to cook very slowly for at least 8 hours with the cover on. You may need to add a little water at different times and you should stir once in a while.

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