Clay-Pot Pinto Beans W/ Corn Tortillas

READY IN: 5hrs 30mins
Recipe by Happy Hippie

I found this recipe in the San Diego Union Tribune, and this type of dish is right up my alley. Prep time does not include overnight refrigeration.

Top Review by covenantmom5

This was really cool. I had cooked my beans a couple of days ago and was looking for a nice way to serve them. This fit the bill. I substituted a tablespoon of chili powder and a couple teaspoons of Adobo powder for the chipotle, because I didn't have any. And I served it topped with grated cheddar cheese and sliced green onions. Even my 8 y.o. old liked it, "really tasty, Mom."

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dried beans soaked in water to cover generously for several hours or overnight.
  2. Drain soaked beans and place in a clay pot with 6 cups cold water (clay pot is optional, but beans seem to cook more evenly and have a richer taste when cooked in clay.
  3. Bring to a simmer slowly over moderately low heat, skimming any foam.
  4. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over low heat.
  5. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic; saute until soft (about 15 minutes).
  6. When beans just begin to simmer, add sauteed vegetables and oregano. Cover, adjust heat to maintain a gentl bubble, and cook until the beans are tender, 1 hour or more.
  7. If additional liquid is needed, add boiling water.
  8. Season with salt and minced chipotle chile, if desired.
  9. Cool, then refrigerate overnight.
  10. Reheat the beans slowly. Divide among warm bowls, topping each portion with queso fresco and cilantro.
  11. Serve with hot tortillas.

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