Clay-Pot Pinto Beans W/ Corn Tortillas

"I found this recipe in the San Diego Union Tribune, and this type of dish is right up my alley. Prep time does not include overnight refrigeration."
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Ready In:
5hrs 30mins




  • Dried beans soaked in water to cover generously for several hours or overnight.
  • Drain soaked beans and place in a clay pot with 6 cups cold water (clay pot is optional, but beans seem to cook more evenly and have a richer taste when cooked in clay.
  • Bring to a simmer slowly over moderately low heat, skimming any foam.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over low heat.
  • Add onion, bell pepper and garlic; saute until soft (about 15 minutes).
  • When beans just begin to simmer, add sauteed vegetables and oregano. Cover, adjust heat to maintain a gentl bubble, and cook until the beans are tender, 1 hour or more.
  • If additional liquid is needed, add boiling water.
  • Season with salt and minced chipotle chile, if desired.
  • Cool, then refrigerate overnight.
  • Reheat the beans slowly. Divide among warm bowls, topping each portion with queso fresco and cilantro.
  • Serve with hot tortillas.

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  1. This was really cool. I had cooked my beans a couple of days ago and was looking for a nice way to serve them. This fit the bill. I substituted a tablespoon of chili powder and a couple teaspoons of Adobo powder for the chipotle, because I didn't have any. And I served it topped with grated cheddar cheese and sliced green onions. Even my 8 y.o. old liked it, "really tasty, Mom."


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