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Try One of These Texas Pinto Bean Recipes

My Favorite Pinto Bean Recipes

Traditionally, Pinto Beans are always served with Texas Barbeque. With some good Texas recipes you won't have any trouble carrying on that tradition.

Pinto Bean Recipes are like a lot of other recipes...they're only limited by your imagination. There's an unlimited number of herbs and spices that will taste great in your beans. And it always comes down to you, your family's, and your guests tastes for how you cook 'em.

Often, as a child, a pot of pinto beans was not a side dish, but the only dish, except for maybe a pan of cornbread. My folks never heard too many complaints. I can't speak for the rest of the family, but I always enjoyed that simplicity.

Try this bean recipe first. I figured I'd start with this one since it's just about my pepper-lovin favorite. Tone it down if you need to, or add some more hot stuff if you dare. Also, pinto bean recipes are easily doubled. Just cook in a larger pot if you've got lots of guests to feed.

Smokey-Hot Texas Pinto Beans

1 pounds dried pinto beans, rinsed and soaked overnight
6 cups cold water
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon sage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cumin
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 chipotle, chopped, from a small can
1 tablespoon chipotle sauce from same can

Place beans in large saucepan with cold water, bay leaf, and sage.

Heat oil in large skillet; add onion, salt, bell pepper, and cumin. Saute until tender. Add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes more.

Add water, beans, chipotle pepper and chipotle sauce. Simmer slowly for about 4 hours, making sure beans are always covered with water. When beans are soft but not mushy, they're done!

Here's one of the quickest, easiest pinto bean recipes you'll ever see. It takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Quick Texas Cowboy Pinto Beans

4 slices bacon
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed
2 cans (15 to 16 oz. each) pinto beans, rinsed, drained
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar

In large skillet, cook bacon over low heat until crisp, turning occasionally. Remove from skillet; drain on paper towels.

Remove all except 2 tablespoons of drippings from skillet. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic.

Cook and stir over medium heat 3-5 minutes or until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Crumble bacon. Return to skillet. Cover, cooking 5 minutes or until heated through, and stirring often.
There are more pinto bean recipes to come. Stay tuned!

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