The recipe has to be wrong...plain wrong! First it calls for 12 quarts of water and a 12 quart soup pan and only 2 cups of pinto beans. Then it called for 2 tbsp of red pepper plates. I made it in a 6 qt pan which is about as big as a normal kitchen has. It ended up with way too much liquid and way too spicy. Most likely it really meant 12 cups of water and 1 tsp red pepper flakes.