Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs
This is from Cooking Light. Sounds delicious! I can't wait to try them! The cooking time does not include time to soak the beans.
- 1 lb dried pinto bean
- 3⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 9 cups water
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons salt, divided
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cups onions, chopped
- 2 cups red peppers, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 cups tomatoes, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of fresh mint, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons paprika
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Sort and wash beans, and place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain beans.
- Combine beans and crushed red pepper in pan; add water.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat and let simmer 1 1/4 hours or until beans are tender.
- Drain in colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid; discard remaining liquid.
- Return beans and cooking liquid to pan. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt.
- Remove from heat and keep warm.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add onion and 3/4 teaspoon salt; cover and cook 15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
- Add bell pepper and garlic; cook 1 1/2 minutes or until pepper is crisp-tender, stirring frequently.
- Add tomato; cook 1 1/2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, mint, paprika and black pepper. Add onion mixture and 1/2 teaspoon salt to bean mixture, stir well to combine.
- Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
- Stir in vinegar.
I usually start my baked beans with a big can of Busch Beans as did the previous reviewer, but this time I was willing to work with the dried ones, as did my own mom when I was young! The mint was something new for me & although I was tempted to cut back on the amount, I didn't! I also used dark brown sugar & then added 1/4 cup of molasses, something we always like in our beans! Gotta admit that I did like the hint of mint, & that from someone who usually shys away from that flavor! Thanks for a great new way to do up beans! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Bargain Basement]
I'm reviewing this based on my and my family's tastes. However, since we're die hard Busch Beans fans (the brown sugar and ketchup kind, I guess), please don't let that affect your trying it. I used a large onion, 2 cans of drained chopped tomatoes, 1/2 lb pinto and 1/2 lb great northerns, and 1 tsp dried mint. You really could taste the mint, even though it makes A LOT! Shoot, I just realized I forgot the vinegar! So I won't give it any stars, just in case that's the deciding factor in what could have been a great dish for us.