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    Southern Living Pinto Beans

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    1 hr 5 mins

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    Caroline Cooks's Note:

    This has been my pinto bean recipe for the past many, many years. Tried and true! Time does not include soaking for dried beans.

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    1. 1
      Place beans in a large Dutch oven, and add water to cover.
    2. 2
      Bring to a boil, and cook, uncovered, 30 minutes.
    3. 3
    4. 4
      Add ham hock, tomatoes, broth, and next 10 ingredients to Dutch oven with beans; cook 55 minutes or until beans are tender.
    5. 5
      Serve over rice with Southwestern Cornbread(no sugar)in a cast iron skillet.
    6. 6
      *Dried pinto beans may be substituted for fresh; however, wash and sort beans; then soak overnight in water to cover.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 07, 2011


      I am trying this recipe today as the ingredients sound delicious and are sure to make a flavorful pot of beans. Being a southern girl I am always on the lookout for other cook's take on pinto's. I'd like to add that it is very important to soak your beans. Yes, they will usually cook up nicely if you don't... however, the reason for soaking is to break down the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors in them which interferes with the absorption of the nutrients in the beans. It is best to soak them in whey or fresh squeezed lemon juice. For every 2-6 cups of dried beans add 2 tablespoons of whey or fresh lemon juice. Soak for 12-24 hours (longer is better) and rinse the beans before cooking. I'll let you know how my beans turned out!

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    • on January 20, 2009


      This is tooooooooooo good. My mom and I wanted a recipe to use the hambone after Xmas ham and I found this recipe! It's totally best when you cook it down to look like canned baked bean texture with the sauce and stuff. Made twice in the crock pot and am making again today!

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    • on January 19, 2014


      I used a ham bone left from dinner with quite a bit of ham still on it. I used that, a can of mild rotel and dried beans that had soaked over night. I put everything except the rotel in the crockpot and let it cook on low while I was at work. When I came home I added the rotel and some hot sauce. Served it with brown rice and biscuits. The family loved it!

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    Nutritional Facts for Southern Living Pinto Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (194 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 68.8
    Calories from Fat 11
    Total Fat 1.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 905.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 10.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 1.1 g
    Protein 6.0 g

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