These beans were very good and tasted like they had been made from scratch. I don't know what an Italian frying pepper is, so I used a roasted red sweet pepper instead. I loved the method of flavoring the beans with the cilantro tied in a bundle; it really added to the flavor. I served these beans as a side dish with homemade carnitas.
Excellent recipe. My husband is Dominican and his grandmother makes stewed beans all the time. Everyone raves over her beans, and I've been looking for a similar recipe. Only thing I did differently was to use the Goya small red kidney beans. I have a very large extended family, and I have never known any of them to cook with pinto beans.
These beans are exactly like the ones my mother cooks for me when I come over and visit... They turned out absolutely delicious, even over a bed of brown rice instead of white!
I never cook with pinto beans, I usually sprinkle them over a salad. I followed the receipe, except for one ingredient - instead of grabbing a sweet pepper, I accidentally grabbed a hot italian pepper :). However, no regrets, I loved the spicy kick. I served it over basmati rice for my guests, and for myself since it was saucy, I ate it like soup with a dollop of sour cream to sooze the heat from the pepper. If you want the beans to be thicker, let the beans simmer for over 2 hours or cut back on the last 2 cups of water. Next time, I may experiment with either black or kidney beans. Thank you Jojo for a simple and great tasting recipe.
I love this recipe! So clear and defined! Thanks! Moved out of the nest and am now with my boyfriend and pregnant 5 months, so this will really help in the future.
This dish brought back memories of our last vacation to the Dominican Republic. My husband and I both loved this recipe and will definately be making it again. Thanks for posting it JoJoStar!!