Sunday, January 25, 2009

Homemade Pinto Beans

Growing up I always loved homemade beans. There's something about their taste that sets them apart from canned. Making them is the easiest thing in the world too, so lets do it.

(let me preface you, I don't use measurements on this but I'll try my best to give you an idea.)

bag of pinto beans (I'd suggest trying a small batch first + they cook faster.)
4 cups of water
1 clove of minced garlic (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
1 tsp salt (or more to taste)

Wash beans in colander and make sure to pick out any abnormal ones, they usually don't cook well anyway.

Dump the beans, garlic and pepper into crock pot and cover well with water. Set on low if you have time (like overnight etc.) or high if you're wanting them to cook faster, under 4 hrs. I'd recommend for your first batch if cooking on high, to be at home. Sometimes my crock pot gets too hot on high and if I'm at work, I can come home and almost be burning the beans.

Periodically check/test the beans as they cook making sure they are immersed in the water. It's not a bad thing if there's a lot of water, you can always dump the excess but if the beans dry out, you can't fix that. Once the beans turn a solid tan color and are no longer spotted, they're ready to be tested. If the beans are soft they're done, if they're sort of chalky, they need to cook a bit more. These beans work great for the Healthy Tostadas.


squawmama said...

Great post today Risa... We love beans here at this home front... Being married to a West Virginia boy I had to learn all that southern cooking... The only beans I had cooked before that was Boston Baked Beans... Thanks again for the recipe... Have a great Sunday


Ginger said...

Hi Risa:
I learned how to cook beans a few years ago and absolutely love them. The only thing unhealthy about them is what I do after I cook them....(refried). I've never tried the crock pot though. Good idea!!

Melissa Miller said...

I love this recipe! :)
I grew up eating them this way with my Mexican Mom.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Risa, We love homecooked pinto beans. I rarely use canned. This was a great post.
Hugs, Terrie

Bobbi Jo said...

Gotta love a good bean! Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Millie said...

Mmmm, I'll have to make some tonight. I cook them overnight on low in the Crockpot.

LyndsAU said...

it's like you know me!! I love pintos and I would looove to try homemade :) Mmmm