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Friday, December 2, 2016

Southern Pinto Beans

In the south, pinto beans aren't just used as a side dish, they can be the whole meal. I love a bowl of pintos with fresh chopped onion sprinkled on top and a slice of cornbread. Add a side of pan fried potatoes and my oh my, that is some good eating y'all! 

Dry beans are very economical. Leftovers are delicious or you can use them to create a new dish. You can add meat, such as ham pieces or sliced smoked sausage as variations. Use leftovers in a pot of chili or mash them up and make refried beans. Some people even add chopped vegetables during cooking such as celery and onion. 

  • 1 lb Dry Pinto Beans
  • 4 c Water, for soaking
  • Ham Hock, Salt Pork, or Bacon Pieces (to flavor beans during cooking)
  • 4-6 c Water or Stock, for cooking
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Sort through beans to make sure that they are free of any small stones, dirt, or other foreign pieces that may have made their way into the beans during harvesting.

Give the beans a rinse, add to a bowl and cover with 4 cups of water. Soak the beans overnight.

Discard the water used for soaking and give the beans a rinse.

Add beans to a stock pot along with 4 cups of water, or stock for extra flavor, and ham hock. You can use salt pork or bacon pieces for flavor as well if you prefer. Add extra liquid to the beans as they cook if needed.

Simmer beans over a medium heat for 2 hours or until desired tenderness.

At the end of cooking time, season with salt and pepper. Other seasonings can be used to taste if desired such as cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder to add the flavors you enjoy.


See it at:
Meal Plan Monday
Weekend Potluck


  1. This sounds so amazingly good! Just perfect for a picnic! :)

  2. To help de-gas dried beans, add a teaspoon or so of ginger, AND a teaspoon of savory while cooking. Also, sprinkle some baking soda over the beans towards the end of the cooking time and stir. Note: the water will quickly foam, so be ready to stir to keep it from foaming over the top. In addition to helping with the gas, this will also soften the beans if they are still a little hard.


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