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These are really good and it does need smoked meat to top it off. Badia Spice Co. used to make a Pinto Bean Spice mix but have not seen it in the stores for a few years .I started to make my own and it does take the guess work out of getting the spice combinations just right. Beans are just beans until you get spice mixture just right. We eat a lot of beans!!
These are, hands down, the best pinto beans I've ever had/made. I made them for the first time two weeks ago and I've made them two more times since. The first time I made them I followed the recipe exactly. Second time, I used pork belly since I didn't have any hocks. I do NOT recommend that; you must have some kind of smoked pork. Tonight I made them again although I didn't puree any of the beans and these were the best yet. All three times I did use my pressure cooker (after 24 hour soak, put all ingredients in pressure cooker, bring to high pressure and cook for 6 minutes then let the pressure naturally release).