Cowboy Beans

picture of cowboy, eating beans

In 1986, Kansas historian Katie Armitage prepared

a cookbook for the children of Kansas, so they could

learn about the food early settlers depended on to

survive. If you've never had beans except out of a can,

why not give this recipe a try? Just be sure to read

all the directions the day before you're planning

to cook!

Wash and pick over beans; put in mixing bowl. Cover beans with cold water and soak overnight. Next morning put beans and water into Dutch oven and bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1 hour. Stir in remaining ingredients; cover and simmer 3 hours or until tender. Add more water if necessary. Serves 8.


To learn much more about the cuisine, culture and conflict in the days of the American Civil War, check out Just Following Orders: Escape from Guerrilla Warfare in 1863