Old West Recipes Archives

Chuckwagon – Red Bean Pie

Red Bean PieBeans were a staple of the cowboy’s food, particularly when he was on the trail.  Beans could be easily stored and they were inexpensive.  And although it probably wasn’t known, Red Bean Pie is also nutritious.

Here is yet another way the cook could feed cowboys beans.

1-cup cooked and mashed pinto beans.
1-cup sugar.
3-beaten egg yokes.
1-teaspoon vanilla.
1-teaspoon nutmeg.

Place combined ingredients in an uncooked piecrust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Make a meringue with the leftover egg whites.  Spread over baked pie and return to oven to brown.

Chuckwagon: Old West Candy Recipe

Old West candy recipe - Chocolate Carmels Below is an Old West candy recipe from the October 23, 1893 Albuquerque Evening Citizen.

Chocolate Carmels – boil together a pound of white sugar, a quarter of a pound of chocolate, four tablespoons of molasses, a cup of sweet milk, and apiece of butter as big as a walnut.  When it will harden in water, flavor with vanilla and pour on a buttered slab.  When nearly cold, cut in squares.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Fart and Dart Beans

The following recipe for Fart and Dart Beans is not an actual 1800’s cattle drive recipe.  However, it is in the spirit of the bean dishes the cowboys ate.  Even better yet, it tastes great.

Fart and Dart Beans

Fart and Dart beansMix together one 16 ounce can of the following: Pinto beans, pork & beans, red kidney beans, lima beans, white northern beans and butter beans.

1 lb cut up bacon                             1 chopped onion

½ tsp minced garlic                          ½ tsp prepared mustard

½ cup vinegar                                   1 cup brown sugar

Fry the bacon until done, but not crisp.  Pour beans, bacon, onion and garlic into large pan and mix.  Simmer for 15 minutes a combination of the mustard, vinegar and brown sugar.  Pour the liquid over the beans and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Mix the beans a couple of times during the cooking process.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Cowboy Coffee Roast

Cowboy Coffee RoastCowboys loved their coffee.  Here’s a recipe where coffee is actually used in cooking a cowboy coffee roast.

Cut slits in a 3 to 5 pound brisket.  Insert garlic and onion into the slits.  Pour one cup of vinegar over the meat, and work it into the slits.  Marinate for 24 to 48 hours – refrigerated, of course.

Place in a Dutch oven.  Pour 2 cups of strong coffee and 2 cups water over the meat.  Simmer for 4 to 6 hours.  If necessary, add water during the cooking.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Calf’s Head Soup

Calf’s Head Soup: From an 1879 cookbook.

Chuckwagon: Calf's Head SoupScald and clean the head, and boil in two gallons water with:

A shank of veal. A small piece of bacon.
2 carrots. A bunch of sweet herbs.
3 onions.

When boiled a half hour, cut meat off head and shank. Let the soup boil half an hour longer, and then strain it. Put meat back in the soup and season. Thicken with butter and brown flour.
Let boil an hour longer. Just before serving add tablespoon of sugar browned in frying pan and a half pint wine. Good substitute for turtle soup.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

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