Chuck Wagon Pinto Beans

"My husband doesn't care for beans but he really enjoyed these. Recipe is easy to make and reminded me of cooking a pot of beans over an open fire while camping. You can modify to your personal taste, for example, if you prefer ham flavor rather than ground beef; no salt; add a little more red pepper for more heat; etc. Hope you enjoy the recipe. Recipe is a modified version of a County Line BBQ recipe."
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins
3 quarts




  • Clean beans by rinsing. Place beans in 4 qrt. pan, cover beans with water, bring to a boil and turn off the stove. Soak for one hour. As beans soften and expand, add more water to cover, if needed.
  • While beans are soaking, cook ground beef on stove until browned. Drain grease, remove ground beef from pan and pat with paper towel to absorb any extra grease. Set aside.
  • Drain the bean's soak water (leave the bean residue on bottom of pan) and again, add enough water to fully cover.
  • Add all remaining ingrediants and stir together.
  • Cook on low to medium heat (low, slow boil), stirring every so often, for 2 to 3 hours or until beans are done to your preferred tenderness.
  • Just before serving, add a sprinkle of grated sharp cheddar cheese on top.

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