Smokey & Spicy Pinto Beans

Been trying to find time to make some good ole pinto beans and corn bread for a few weeks now. Just could never find time to get it done. So Friday I was determined to make it happen. But I of course, they can’t be normal. I went for smokey & spicy Pinto Beans.

So I put some hard beans in water to soak over night. I know I know not a necessity but it makes for a quicker cook time (2.5-3.5 hours versus 4-6 hours).

Beans are great! Cheap, easy, and full of protein and fiber. Good for your heart. Hell, the more you eat them the more you…

Any toot, some good friends invited us over to watch some football today. That invite was Friday, after I started my bean soak. Hmm…I wonder if can I wreck the pinto beans well enough that a football crowd would like them? I mean, who serves pinto beans at a football game? They would have to be wrecked enough to be able to stand proud in the same room as barbecued sausages and expertly made chicken wings? By the way, STELLAR wings Eric. Stellar. Pancake syrup, would have thought. haha Well anyway, let’s give it a try.

Bag of pinto beans, mine were soaked over night. You don’t have to if you don’t want. 2 cups of Vegetable Broth and 4 cups of water. Cut up 5 thick slices of bacon into about 1 inch pieces. Throw them in. Bring to boil and then back it down to a simmer for an hour to hour and a half. Always keep an eye on your water level. Basically, make sure the fluid starts off about 2 inches over the beans.
At about hour and a half add 2 medium onions, diced up. 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced and/or diced up. Dice up a whole green bell pepper (red is better for color, but I didn’t have any) Throw them all into the pot. Continued cooking for about 15-20 minutes.
Alright, add 3 big pinches of salt, 1/2 TBSP of chili powder, 1/2 tsp of black ground pepper, 1/4 tsp of crushed/ground celery seed, 4 TBSP of frankenspam smoked jalapenos. Stir Well
Add a hunk of Pork Sirloin. But cut it into large chunks. Chunks small enough they will cook fairly quick yet large enough you can pull them out in about 1/2 hour.

I don’t have a picture, I was rushing, but in about 20-30 minutes take that pork sirloin back out. Let it cool (rest). Then throw into a food processor on “chop” for a couple of seconds. Or dice up with a knife. BUT let it REST! Don’t chop it up hot! In food processor for only a couple seconds. Not long. Just a chunky chop. Throw it back in. Stir it up. Taste your creation, salt and pepper as needed. Now, let it stay just below simmer for another hour and you’ll have some really damn good pinto beans. Or eat right away for some very good pinto beans. Don’t forget the cornbread.  I took this to a party of about 20-25 people, they loved it. Just used chips as scoops. I gotta say, this was some really good pinto beans!

YUMMY! Obviously you could have not soaked your beans, used a ham hock, or whatever you want. I bet it’ll be good. Give it a try!

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