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    Mrs. Crenshaw's Pinto Beans

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    13 hrs 30 mins

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    Galley Wench's Note:

    I spent years trying to replicate my mother's pinto beans, but there was always something missing. I finally came across this recipe in a 1955 Texas cookbook and it's got to be where mom (a Texan) got the recipe. Oh, the missing ingredient, maple syrup! Time required includes soaking time for beans.

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    1. 1
      Bring water and bouillon to boil.
    2. 2
      Add beans, garlic, chili powder, sugar, maple syrup and salt.
    3. 3
      Cover and simmer for 3 hours.
    4. 4
      Add onion and ham.
    5. 5
      Simmer additional 1 hour or until tender.
    6. 6
      Add water as needed (in 1/2 cup increments).
    7. 7
      When done, the broth should thicken and barely cover the beans.
    8. 8
      Serve with garnishes and hot cornbread.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 28, 2008


      Fabulous recipe! I'm not a big pinto beans fan - but these taste absolutely fabulous! I will definitely be making these frequently!

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    • on August 05, 2007


      Awesome pinto beans. Loved the maple syrup in this. I cut back on the chili powder a little, left out the sugar and added a jalapeno pepper chopped. We loved this. Thanks

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    • on June 04, 2007


      I made this recipe without the sugar or syrup and to my taste this made a perfect pot of beans. They were well cooked and tender without becoming mushy, The ham, and seasonings were just right. I added a bit more water toward the end because I like to crumble the cornbread into the beans and let it soak in the juice. Thanks GW for a very enjoyable dinner.

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    Nutritional Facts for Mrs. Crenshaw's Pinto Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (572 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 203.1
    Calories from Fat 12
    Total Fat 1.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 349.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 41.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 10.0 g
    Sugars 13.2 g
    Protein 8.7 g

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    vegetable bouillon granules

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