26 February 2012
Basic pot of beans can go a long way
A staple in our house. Yummy, filling, and satisfying. And so simple.
Basic Pot of Pinto's
1-5 lb. bag pinto beans
more than enough water to cover
Bring beans to a boil. Turn off heat and cover for one hour. Or, soak overnight in water. If you soak beans overnight just add ingredients after changing water. If you boil, then cover for an hour and then add ingredients.
1 large onion chopped
2 T. crushed garlic
1 lb. bacon (if desired)
Cover with water about 2-3 inches over beans. Either bring to boil and cook on stove or put in dutch oven and bake in oven. Stove top--bring to boil, simmer a few hours until beans are soft. If using a dutch oven bake covered about 3-4 hours on 350. (keep checking water level)
Salt AFTER beans are finished cooking.
Serving--On day one we will eat as a soup with cornbread or homemade bread. Day two add cheddar cheese to beans and maybe some mexican seasoning and serve with sour cream, salsa, and tortilla chips. Day 3--add to chili. Day 4-Make homemade tortillas and serve bean burritos. Day 5-serve with rice. Either over it or as a side. Homemade bread will round it out. Remember to only take out of the BIG dish as much as you will use for one meal because the seasoning will be different each day.