...based on a simple recipe my dad made up once upon a time during my childhood.

Growing up, we always knew it was Sunday when we could smell pinto beans cooking on the stove all afternoon. My dad threw together this one-pot dish at some point while I was young, and it became a staple in our family. 
My husband was a little confused the first time I said I was making "pinto beans" for dinner ("Uh...just...pinto beans?"), but that's what my brothers and I always called this meal. I suppose, to be more descriptive, you might call it pinto bean soup

Served with some crusty French bread, it makes an easy, wholesome (not to mention inexpensive!) dinner that takes hardly any time to prepare.
This recipe has very simple ingredients: pinto beans, garlic, onion, soy sauce, and a few common spices. 

Oh, and bacon. Because as my dad told me when I first asked for the recipe, as inclined as I usually am to take the meat out of dishes, some kind of pork in a bean dish makes a huge difference in flavor. Salt pork works well too—it's mainly for flavoring.
2 c. dry pinto beans
8 c. water
4 slices bacon (or salt pork)
1/3 c. onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. chili pepper
pinch of onion powder
1/2 tsp. each salt & pepper (or to taste)
1. Rinse and sort pinto beans, being sure to remove any rocks (!) or bad beans.

2. Add pinto beans, water, bacon, onion, garlic, and spices to a slowcooker. I usually wait to add the salt until the last hour, because it affects how the beans cook.

3. Cook on High for 5 hours or Low for 7-8 hours, stirring occasionally.

If not using a slowcooker, this would work on the stove over low heat for 6-8 hours. Save some cooking time by soaking beans over night, but soaking is not necessary, so don't let the need for that level of forethought hinder you from making this. 
Serve with a side of crusty bread for an easy dinner! 


10/05/2014 6:11pm

Ha! I thought about this dish an hour before you posted it, and I was going to the store to buy pintos. Thanks, sis!

10/06/2014 11:56am

So funny! :)

12/10/2017 2:32am

They say that we will learn the best recipes from the old ones. I believe in that saying because my grandfather was the one who taught the whole family the recipes that we enjoy up to these days! This bean soup or so called " pinto beans" looks so simple, but I can feel that its flavor is outbursting! The way on how to cook is not that complicated. My mom would surely love this!

Beans are very important thing for the health of human. If you want to gain your muscles it is the good selection. Beans are full of natural vitamins and should to eat at least once in a week. This recipe is mind blowing.

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09/14/2016 11:37pm

The dish that used to be cooked by our parents is the flavor that we get used to. It's like the basis on how we had our standards when cooking. I could relate to it, because the dish that was prepared by mom is always the way on how I cook the meal for my children.
This recipe seems to say much about your relationship with your father. I would like to try this recipe for my children, too. But will play with some part of the ingredients.


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