Cowboy Beans

It is a nice night out on the range. Bucolic music is playing. The camera pans past the ponies and onto a campfire where tough men are sitting around just starting to eat their dinner. The camera moves closer to one as he leans into his plate. He scoops a large spoonful of baked beans into his mouth, chews and swallows. Then the fun begins.

The next 30 seconds is filled with non-stop burps and farts. Cowboys lean, stand and do everything else to give the viewer a proper visual to go along with the soundtrack that would cause a third grade boy to laugh so hard he’d cry.

The movie, of course, was the Mel Brooks classic, Blazing Saddles. The scene was originally thought to be inappropriate for the film but Brooks pushed to include it and it has become an iconic part of the film.

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When I saw the name of this recipe, I could not help but think of the movie.

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I was unable to find chorizo other than a package where it was already sliced, so I chopped that up.

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Onions and peppers… favorite way to start a recipe.

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With the tomatoes.

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And the beans.

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A hearty dish fit for a cowboy…even a Mel Brooks cowboy!

Cowboy Beans

Prep Time: 0 hours 0 minutes | Cook Time: 0 hours 0 minutes | Makes: 4 servings | Difficulty: Easy


  • 2 ounces diced chorizo
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 1/2 diced jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 15-ounce can pinto beans (undrained)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Hot sauce


Brown chorizo in a skillet with olive oil.

Add onion and cook 4 minutes.

Stir in jalapeno, oregano, chili powder and minced garlic, and 1 chopped tomato; cook 1 minute.

Add a pinto beans (undrained) and 3/4 cup water; simmer 15 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce.

Serves 4 (prepared with 2 teaspoons olive oil); Calories: 191 ;Total Fat: 8.5 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 10 grams; Total carbohydrates: 18 grams; Sugar: 2 grams; Fiber: 7 grams; Cholesterol: 12 milligrams; Sodium: 593 milligramsPhotograph by Antonis Achilleos


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Categories: Fried, Lunch3, Mexican, Picnic, Pork2, Recipes, Sidedish2, Vegetable4

Author:The Ranting Chef

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One Comment on “Cowboy Beans”

  1. May 31, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    Loved that film. And oh, must try this recipe too.


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