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Big Bend Bean Dip Recipe

THE STRANGE SIGHT of camel caravan moving along "lower road" between San Antonio and El Paso both frightened and angered the Indians and ranchers of  West Texas in the mid-1800's.  This U.S. Army experiment to replace mules  with camels was a  temporary success because the camels could carry heavier loads, go without  water for extended periods  of time  and survive by eating desert shrubs. The Civil War ended the experiment and many  of the camels were allowed to wander off into the hills of the   Vig Bend Country  or were auctioned the the public by the federal government from Camp Verde, near Kerrville, Texas.


  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings or butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sharp  cheese, grated
  • 1 4-once can jalapeno chilies, drained, seeded and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mash beans until quite smooth or blend in blender. (Set aside.)
  2. Saute  onion in bacon drippings or butter until soft.
  3. Add beans and remaining ingredients and srtir over low heat until cheese melts.
Serve warm with corn chips or tostados.