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    Southern Pinto Beans

    Southern Pinto Beans. Photo by Vicki in CT

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    3 hrs 5 mins

    5 mins

    3 hrs

    Vicki in CT's Note:

    This is the classic Southern method of cooking up a "mess of beans". If you don't like cooking without measurements then don't try this one. If you're adventuresome and like to cook like my grandmother, then you won't be disappointed. Yum.

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    1. 1
      Rinse beans. Place beans in pot and cover them three times higher with water. Bring to a rapid boil for five minutes covered. Turn off stove. DO NOT REMOVE LID.
    2. 2
      Let the pot set one hour.
    3. 3
      Turn burner back on to slightly more than a simmer. Add ham bone, onion, and pepper.
    4. 4
      Boil covered for two hours. Add more water if necessary.
    5. 5
      Remove ham bone. Remove all ham and place back into pot. Discard bone.
    6. 6
      Turn down heat to simmer and add approximately 2 tablespoons brown sugar, or more. Now let beans cook as long as needed.
    7. 7
      Season to taste.
    8. 8
      I serve with Baby's Jalapeño Cornbread, Baby's Jalapeño Cheese Cornbread.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 11, 2012


      Great! These are very similar to my usual recipe except I had never used brown sugar in them before. I also didn't have any jalapenos so I left them out. I served them with our regular cornbread but that recipe sounds good so maybe I'll try it next time! Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup.

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    Nutritional Facts for Southern Pinto Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (59 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 33.3
    Calories from Fat 3
    Total Fat 0.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 69.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 0.5 g
    Protein 2.5 g

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