Perfect Pinto Beans

Total Time:
11 hr 40 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
8 hr
Cook:
3 hr 30 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds pinto beans
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 thick-cut slices of bacon, cut into thirds
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  • Put the beans in a large bowl, cover with cold water and let soak overnight.

  • Drain and rinse the beans, then put them in a large pot. Cover the beans with water and add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, bacon, garlic, bay leaves, onion, bell pepper and some salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook until the beans are tender, 2 to 3 1/2 hours.


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