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the secret to perfect old fashioned pinto beans



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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 240 minutes

Total: 260 minutes

Servings: 10

Cost: $2.84 /serving


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Step 1

Rinse the bag of beans well and remove any that look like they are past their prime. If unsure - chuck it.

Step 2

Pour the beans into a large bowl and cover with at least 2 inches of water and allow to soak overnight. Alternately, you can boil the beans at a steady boil for about 10 minutes before you begin to cook them. Whether you soak or parboil, pour the water off from this step.

Step 3

In a six quart stock pot on medium heat, heat the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until they smell really good and the pieces become translucent.

Step 4

Remove the pot from the heat and add the beans, bacon, salt, chicken broth concentrate, one bay leaf and sugar and enough cool clean water to cover the beans by 2 inches. (If you are sensitive to salt, then you can always decrease the amount)

Step 5

Heat the beans on medium until they come to a light boil then reduce the heat to low.

Step 6

Stir the beans occasionally and don’t let them get to a strong boil. Cook until done. I tell doneness by tasting - you could also spoon some out and smash it in your fingers. If it is smashy- through and through - they are done.

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