Pinto Beans With Chiles

"I love beans in all shapes and forms, Mexican influenced particularly. I found this bean recipe in the 2008 issue of bon appetit. Although it calls for canned pinto beans, I alway make mine from dried. The taste is far superior and they're so easy to do either on the stovetop or in the crockpot."
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  • Place chiles in bowl.
  • Pour 2 cups boiling water over them.
  • Let soak until chiles are soft, about 20 minutes.
  • Strain, reserving 1/2 cup soaking liquid.
  • Seed chiles.
  • Place in food processor.
  • Add onion, garlic, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup soaking liquid; puree. This can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.
  • Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add chile puree; stir until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.
  • Add beans, broth, bay leaves, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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