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Cowboy Bean Soup


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Cowboy Bean Soup

This cowboy bean soup gets a ton of flavor from the BBQ sauce and beef bones. It is a great way to stretch a small amount of red meat for budget and health reasons.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 2 hour, 40 min
  • Ready Time : 3 hour




  • 2 cups dried pinto beans or mixed beans, soaked overnight
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 large carrots, cut into large pieces
  • 1 large potato, cut into chunks
  • 2 marrow bones
  • 1 lb of stew meat, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1/2 cup barley, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups black coffee
  • 1 cup Gold’s BBQ Sauce
  • Non Dairy Sour Cream Topping (optional)


1 Put the beans into a large pot and add enough water to cover by an inch. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, then drain.

2 Heat the vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed lidded pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring often, until translucent and just beginning to brown. Add the garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes.  Add carrots and potatoes.  Stir another minute.

3 Add the marrow bones and meat and brown for 2-3 minutes.  Add the drained beans and barley into the pot. Cover with the water, a little salt, and the coffee. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cook this way for 40-50 minutes or longer. (Some beans may take longer to cook, especially if they are older.) The beans should be edible, but still just a little firm (not mushy soft).

4 Add the barbecue sauce and stir to combine. Cover and simmer on low heat for another 1-2 hours.  Check on everything from time to time.

This recipe can be made in a pressure cooker and be ready in 30 minutes.

Serve with a little non dairy sour cream if desired.


Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 480
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Sodium: 420mg
  • Total Carbs: 62g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 31g

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




2 Responses to Cowboy Bean Soup

  1. This is a really interesting mix of flavors. Who would have thought of bean soup plus Duck sauce plus coffee! Wow! Love it.

  2. avatar says: Lisa

    This looks delish, can’t wait to try it for my “cowboys”

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