Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pinto Beans with Bacon

Pinto beans are a great source of protein, but on their own can be a bit bland. How to fix this? Well bacon of course!! Bacon is one of those magical ingredients that can make almost anything taste wonderful!

I started out by cutting 4 slices of bacon into narrow strips.  You could do chunks, small bits, whatever tickles your fancy.

Cook until crispy. Mmmmmm bacon. (you can choose to take out the bacon grease or you can leave it in.  I decided to leave it in since it wasn't very much and its soooo tasty. Diet be damned!)

I then added in my soaked beans.  I use the quick soak method as I am not nearly organized enough to soak my beans the night before.  To quick soak you boil the beans in water for 2 minutes, then put a lid on them and remove from the heat.  You then let them sit for an hour and *tada* soaked beans! I used about a half pound of beans for this batch.

I also added in salt and tons of pepper.

Add water to cover and bring to a simmer. Once at a simmer leave it on low for 1-2 hours.  After an hour I started checking them about every 15 minutes to see if they were done yet. (Bonus is the entire time they cook the house will smell of BACON)

Once done mine looked like this.

They are great on their own, but I had them wrapped in a tortilla for a bean burrito. Super nummy.  Another thing I love about beans is how easy it is to change up what you put in them. This could have easily been vegetarian and instead of bacon maybe add in some chilies to add some spice.  Super cheap and easy to make! 

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