Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 1 hr

Pink or Pinto beans can be used and I cook with a ham bone or ham hocks whichever I have on had. Very tasty and the spice level can be adjusted according to the amount of jalapenos used. Easy and good!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak beans overnight or cover with water and bring to boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
  2. Turn off heat and let stand for one hour. Then drain off all liquid.
  3. Melt bacon fat in a 5 quart pot and add chiles, onions, garlic, oregano and cumin. Saute til soft about 5 minutes.
  4. Add drained beans, broth, water can be used instead of the broth, but I use 4c broth, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat and simmer til beans are tender or about 2 hours.
  5. After cooking, add salt and cayenne and remove the bay leaf. More salt can be added according to your taste.


Most Helpful

This was really good. I had a meaty ham bone and the only changes that I made was to increase the chicken broth to 8 cups. I used 1 lb of pink beans and 1 1/2 lb of great northern beans. I put in 3 jalapenos. I will add one more jalapeno next time. Love the heat and how the flavors blended. I did use 5 cloves of garlic. I only had 1/4 onion so I added a envelope of Lipton Onion Soup mix. Will make again when we have a ham bone left from our ham. Thanks for the recipe!

Ranch mom September 01, 2008

This is, as ham and bean recipes should be, extremely easy to make. Had some leftover Great Northern White beans which I used. I did not have any jalapeno peppers (or, rather, the ones I did have had gone bad), so I used chipotle in adobo sauce. Minced one chipotle and added a spoonful of the sauce. All I can say is WOW! That was so good. The cumin adds a very nice note. Will definitely add this one to my recipe box.

Dan Kassner March 21, 2006

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