Beans Ala Charra
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Mexican pinto beans
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 30mins
- 3 cups dried beans
- 3 quarts water
- 6 slices bacon, uncooked coarsely chopped
- 1⁄2 onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
- 1⁄2 jalapeno (seeded, chopped)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 ham hocks
- In pot, soak beans over night in the water to cover the beans.
- The next day, cook the bacon until crisp, over medium heat until done, 5 to 8 minutes.
- Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño; cook for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the chili powder and the cumin and cook for 1 minute.
- Add 1 cup of the water from the beans to this to loosen the crispy crumbs and put all in the beans. Bring beans to a boil; turn to med low and cook until tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are soft.
- When beans are cooked, add the salt and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Keep warm until ready to serve.
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