Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pinto Beans

Try this recipe for a meatless meal.  Rice and pinto beans served with cornbread make a complete protein.

  • 1 pound dry pinto beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt  
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • hot cooked rice

Cover beans with water and soak overnight. Drain.
Place beans in a large Dutch oven, and add water to cover.
Add ham hock.
Bring to a boil, and cook, uncovered, 30 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients and cook 55 minutes or until beans are tender.
Remove a cup on beans from pot, blend until creamy.
Return to pot, stirring to combine. 
Serve over rice.

Pinto beans freeze well.