Prep 2 hrs
Cook 3 hrs
On a cold day a pot of Pintos will hit the spot. Add a cake of Grandpas Cornbread and some chopped onions and you have a meal! The prep and cooking times will vary depending on which methods you use.
- 1 (16 ounce) bag dried pinto beans (or mixed beans)
- 2 teaspoons salt (to taste)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper (to taste)
- 4 ounces pork (cured side meat)
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- First look through beans and remove any debris sometimes found in them. Then rinse well. Put in a pot and cover with water and soak overnight-Or you can do a quick soak by bringing them to a boil and immediately turning off and let sit for 2 hours.
- Rinse side meat and slice into chunks.
- Now there are two ways to go from here- You can cook them on stove top or in a crock pot- I prefer the crock pot because they have a better flavor.
- Stove Top Method - Pour water off beans after soaking and add fresh water - enough to cover them completely. Add side meat, salt, and pepper.
- Bring to boil and then lower heat to simmer for app 2-3 hours stirring occasionally -Until the beans are as soft as you want them.
- Crock Pot Method- Pour water off beans after soaking and add beans to crock pot. Cover with fresh water and add salt, pepper and side meat. Cook on high about 1 hour then lower to low and cook about 6 hours - until beans are as soft as you want them.
- Serve with cornbread and chopped onions-MMMM MMMM Good!
Anxious to try this recipe. I've never thought of using chicken broth. sounds great. little trick I learned: when you soak your beans overnight in cold water, add a heaping tablespoon of baking soda and stir. the soda will take all the gas out of the beans. rinse well in a colendar prior to putting them in the crockpot. It works!
A pinch of dry ginger will also cut down on the "gas" in beans
This made a great pot of beans. I had a hambone in the freezer so I used that instead of the side meat. They tasted just like MawMaw's beans. Made for "Down on the Farm" event in photo forum May 2010