Big fat ham hocks, lots of bacon and some chorizo used to be the mainstay of my greatly loved “cowboy beans”. I will admit that after deciding to eat Vegan and being faced with making them something that I would look forward to eating as much as I had my meat version, I did not think I would be able to pull it off, I was wrong!
- Stew pot
- Large spoon
- Chopping knife
- Cutting board
- Measuring cup
- 4 cups of pinto beans (you can soak over night if you want)
- Enough water to cover beans a couple of inches
- 1 onion (I like to slice mine in slivers)
- 12 whole garlic cloves (you can smash or chopped or slice them)
- 3-4 stalks of celery sliced
- 28oz of canned tomatoes (I like fire roasted)
- slivered carrots (I get mine at the 99cent store)
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 2 Tablespoons garlic salt (add slowly tasting as you add it)
- 4 cubes of vegetable broth
- red pepper flakes (according to your heat level desired)
- 1 tsp cumin
- black pepper (I love lots)
- 1 Tablespoon granulated onion powder (heaping if you like)
- 1 Tablespoon granulated garlic powder (same as above)
- 4-6 diced Ortega chilies diced
- Rooster sauce (as much as you can stand)
- 3 cups of a mixture of quinoa and brown rice (I make them together in my rice cooker)
I keep it real simple, I start with the beans and water and let them cook for a while until they plump up and stop absorbing water.
While the beans are cooking, chop up the other ingredients, open up the cans, get things ready. When the beans are done absorbing the water, all in all the other ingredients but leave the garlic salt for last so you can judge how much you need properly, add more water if needed.
Let this mixture simmer for a few hours, keep adding keeping it about an inch above the beans. When the beans are soft when you bite into one then they are done and should have a somewhat creamy texture.
For those of you who want meat in your beans, feel free to add any or all of the meats I mention at the beginning of this article, they make it a really hearty meal. For the vegetarian/vegan, you can add some of your meatless patties. I like to serve my beans over this type of patty and adding some soy cheese shreds.