Pinto Beans 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, they're also nutritious. Beans and cornbread make a complete protein. Here is yet another way the cook could prepare beans for the cowhands and use the leftover pinto beans.
1 cup cooked and mashed pinto beans.
3 beaten egg yokes.
1 teaspoon vanilla.
1 teaspoon nutmeg.
Place combined ingredients in an uncooked pie crust.
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.