Cowboy Skillet Supper is a sweet and smoky combination of beef sausage, onions, and pinto beans cooked together and served over rice or noodles.
When you're too tired to create a culinary masterpiece, this quick and easy one-pot-recipe is your saving grace! It's super easy and quick to make, has really nice flavor and texture, and hushes those growling stomachs!
Start by sauteing onions in a little oil, then add bite-sized all-beef sausage, a can of pinto beans, some seasonings and you're done!
Do I Have to Use Beef Sausage in the Cowboy Skillet Supper?
No. You can use any kind of sausage you prefer. If you want to reduce fat content, use turkey sausage.
What Kinds of Beans Can I Use?
I've tried making this recipe several ways, and I find that homemade pinto beans taste best; however, you might want to try black beans or even Ranch Style® Beans.
Ranch Style beans are prepared canned beans that are in a tomato/paprika sauce. If you use these canned beans, no need to rinse them, just pour in the sauce, too!
If you use canned pinto or black beans, rinse and drain them first to remove any additives or preservatives.
How Can I Make This Dish Vegetarian or Vegan?
A great way to convert this recipe to vegan/vegetarian is to use canned jackfruit instead of meat. Simply rinse the jackfruit, then add it to the onions. Jackfruit absorbs flavors like mushrooms, so after you've added the jackfruit to the skillet, pour in your favorite barbecue sauce and let it cook for about 15 minutes (on low heat) so the jackfruit has ample time to absorb the flavors.
You might want to serve this Cowboy Skillet Supper with a warm batch of homemade cornbread!
Cowboy Skillet Supper
- 1 lb all-beef smoked sausage link
- ½ medium yellow onion sliced
- 1 can pinto beans rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons smoky paprika
- 1 ½ cups sweet and smoky barbecue sauce
- 2 cups cooked rice or noodles
- 2 tablespoons oil
- Add oil to cast-iron skillet and bring to medium low heat
- Add onions to hot oil and cook until tender
- Rinse and drain pinto beans; slice sausage into bite sized pieces
- Add sliced sausage and beans to onions
- Add barbecue sauce to skillet and stir well; add paprika;
- Allow to cook for 20 minutes, or until sausage and beans are heated thoroughly
- Serve over prepared rice or noodles
- Vegetarian Version: use jackfruit instead of meat
- Add jackfruit to onions, then add barbecue sauce and let cook for about 10 minutes; then add beans and continue to cook till beans are warm