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Mom’s Pinto Bean Recipe


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  • 2 cups dried beans (rinsed)
  • 1 head onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tblsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 5 cups water



Step 1

Cover dry beans in bowl with cold water and soak overnight (must be cooked the next day). Drain water from beans. Add 1 tsp baking soda to beans. Mix to coat. Allow to sit for approx. 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. This process helps to cook the beans faster. In large stockpot, saute onion in olive oil. Add 5 cups water to onions. Add beans to stockpot. Add all spices – except salt. Cook on medium heat for approx. 1 hour – checking regularly for liquid. If water is low and beans look dry – add water ¼ at a time. Add salt ¾ of the way through cooking.
For Mom’s Chili Bean Recipe:
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 – 7 oz can tomato sauce
Directions: Cook ground beef in sauté pan. Drain liquid. Add meat and tomato sauce to beans when they are cooked ¾ of the way through (@ the same time that you are adding salt). Check for liquid content and spice flavoring. Add accordingly.

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