Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Cowboy Beans

My doctor recommends that I eat a diet high in fiber. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables are all excellent sources of fiber, but the super-duper-party-pooper of high fiber foods has to be dried beans. I try to incorporate dried beans into my diet at least three times a week, most often more than that. Before you try this at home, be aware that a sudden increase in high fiber foods can cause some serious... um... gas issues. Start out slowly and work your way up!

Most of my bean recipes start with dried beans that I've soaked, rinsed, then cooked per package directions, but I harbor a soft spot for Bush's Baked Beans and always use them for this recipe. If I could just get that damn dog to cough up the bean recipe, I'd make this from scratch too. Roll that beautiful bean footage!

Cowboy Beans

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced (I used a poblano pepper)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 packet taco seasoning
1 (28 oz) can Bush's Original Baked Beans
salt and pepper to taste
shredded cheese of your liking, optional (I like pepper jack for this recipe)
tortilla chips, optional

Brown ground beef, onion, pepper and garlic. Drain. Stir in taco seasoning and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add baked beans. Season to taste. Cover with lid and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Top with shredded cheese and serve with tortilla chips, if desired.

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