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    New Mexico Pinto Beans

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    Serves: 8



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    1. 1
      Wash and pick over the beans, removing loose skins or shriveled beans.
    2. 2
      Put in a large covered pot and cover with hot water.
    3. 3
      Soak over night if you want to cut down on cooking time.
    4. 4
      When beans start to simmer add ham bone, salt pork or bacon.
    5. 5
      Add more water as needed but only hot or boiling water.
    6. 6
      Never add cold water the beans will turn dark.
    7. 7
      If you cook without a lid the beans will also turn a dark color.
    8. 8
      When the skins are almost as tender as the inside of the beans, they are done.
    9. 9
      They should not be broken.
    10. 10
      Add salt and allow to stand before serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 08, 2009


      Fabulous recipe! I follow your recipe, but prepare them in the slow cooker. I turn them to high for 1 hour or until they boil, then I cook them on low for 6 or so hours. I do not soak the beans in advance. From a New Mexican who is hooked on beans, thank you!

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    • on May 03, 2009


      What a great way to cook pinto beans! They cooked in about 1/2 the normal time and I didn't even soak them beforehand. I made mine vegetarian and they were still good. I did get a few broken ones because I think I let them boil too hard. The water was dark, but the beans were not. Perfect! Icetea, thanks for the recipe!

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    • on July 12, 2007


      Great ! Finally an explanation and a solution why sometimes the bean water turns dark. Thank You !!!

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    Nutritional Facts for New Mexico Pinto Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (388 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 154.4
    Calories from Fat 109
    Total Fat 12.1 g
    Saturated Fat 4.2 g
    Cholesterol 12.2 mg
    Sodium 330.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 4.8 g

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