Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs
A simple and flavorful way to cook dry pinto beans. Tastes similar to refried beans with salsa? I am constantly trying to find something to make with dry beans that I like, since my husband loves them, and I don't. This turned out good, so I'm posting it before I forget what I did :-) I think it serves 6 people as a one dish meal, and maybe 12 people as a side? My family of three gets 2 meals out of it.
- 1 lb dry pinto beans
- 1⁄2 cup margarine
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 onion
- 3⁄4 cup diced bell pepper
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- Place beans in large pot, cover with 3 inches of water. Add butter, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and keep at a hard boil for an hour and a half, checking occasionally to add water if necessary.
- Remove the lid, and continue to cook for an additional 1/2 hour. You want creamy beans, but not an abundance of liquid.
- Meanwhile, run the onion and bell pepper through a food processor so that they are minced small enough that you won't mind eating them raw. (I love big chunks of tomato, if you don't you can mince that as well.).
- After the 1/2 hour, the beans should be in a thick, creamy sauce. Stir in the diced tomatoes, garlic, onion, and pepper. Leave on the heat an additional 2-3 minutes, just enough to heat the onions and peppers.
- Serve warm over corn chips, corn bread, or rice.
This bean dish is simple to make and has good flavors. The creamy beans and fresh vegetables go well together. We ate is as a side dish; I could see using it as a fillling for burritos.