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Cowboy beans (also known as chuckwagon beans) is a bean dish popular in the southwestern United States. The dish consists of beans and ground beef in a sweet and tangy sauce. The flavor is similar to baked beans but with a southwestern twist. Although cowboy appears in the name, the use of canned beans, ketchup, and barbecue sauce means the dish is unlike anything ranch hands would have eaten. Cowboy beans are served stewed or baked, depending on the recipe. A typical recipe might include:
- Pork and beans
- Chili con carne
- Ground beef
- Barbecue sauce
- Brown sugar
It's unclear how cowboy beans got their name or where they originated from. They are easy to prepare and variations on the recipe are available on the Internet and in cookbooks and cooking magazines. Cowboy beans use many of the same ingredients as chili con carne with a very different taste.
- Frijoles charros, a Mexican dish, sometimes translated as cowboy beans.