Wash the pinto beans and pick any foreign material out of them (use a colander). Put the beans in a large bowl and fill with water; soak overnight; drain, put in a large pot and fill the pot to cover the pinto beans. Then add an onion, a clove of garlic, a piece of ham or bacon, bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer. Cover the pot and cook until beans are tender. Salt and pepper to taste after they are tender. You can also add jalepeno peppers at the end for a spicier taste. Serve with cornbread, smothered potatoes, a slice of onion or tomato....
A southern delicacy! We were raised on pinto beans and cornbread; and they are healthy for you! (03/15/2007)
There is nothing like a pot of pinto beans made the classic way. It is great. But I like to change it up a bit, add a little zing to make it a meal. Follow the classic boiling recipe as detailed in the other comment, but when the beans get tender (in a skillet cook some breakfast sausage or ground beef) then add the cooked meat to the beans. Let it simmer to infuse the flavors for about 10-20 minutes depending on the amount that you are cooking. Meats that you can use are link sausage, like a kielbasa, ham, salt pork, ground beef. Serve it over rice or add a cornbread side. (03/15/2007)
By BB Cane
Homemade refried beans are wonderful, with many recipes to be found online. With some cheese, and fresh salsa they are an economical meal.
By Sheryl Johnson
Here's one to try:
Place beans and onions in a large pot and add water until covered by about 2 inches. Bring to a full boil, then reduce the heat and cook for about 2 hours or until the beans are soft. Add the spices and cook about 1 hour more, or until the juice has thickened. Makes about 12 cups. You will probably need to add more water as you're cooking so your beans will not dry out. You may also need to adjust your spices. (03/15/2007)
By Arizona Tigress
Cook beans with 1 stalk celery and 1 onion, whole. Before serving remove onion and celery. For a different taste you can cook the beans and add 1 pound of hamburger or turkey burger and 1 can Rotel tomatoes for a nice dish. There are a variety of ways to spruce up dried beans. (03/18/2007)
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