Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Smashed Pinto Beans

This is for Kali. Sorry it took me so long to post this. I finally made a batch of beans and actually measured the seasonings so that I could share. Usually when I make a pot(crock pot) of beans I puree most of the batch in my food processor for some yummy, creamy beans. This time I saved some to mash with the potato masher, for a little less creamy consistency, so that I could use them in this recipe. Well....they were SO good, we ate them all before I got around the the other recipe. Guess I'll try it again this week:)

So...here it goes...this is how I cook beans:)

I rinse and soak 3 cups of beans for ~ an hour or longer(depending on how much time I have). Then I rinse them again, put them in the crock pot with 3 T bacon grease and cover them with 3 inches of water. If I need to add more water later in the day, I bring it to a boil in the microwave before adding it to the crock pot. I cook the beans on high for 5-6 hours, or until I can easily smash one of the beans between my finger and the countertop...make sense?:)

When the beans have about 1/2 hour left to cook I add the following: 5 jalapeno rings(from the jar, you could use fresh jalapeno), 1/2 T seasoning salt, 1/2 T garlic salt, 1/2 t onion powder, 1/2 t cumin and 1 T chili powder.

After that cooks for about 1/2 hour, I scoop out the beans with a slotted spoon to the food processor and puree with ~ 1 cup of cheese. I add liquid from the beans as I puree until I get my desired consistency.

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  1. I love my beans, I don't eat meat so this is my main source of protein! Love your smashed beans!

  2. YAY!! THANKS! Can't wait to try these with your exact measurements. I tried some earlier and they turned out GREAT as well. I used them with your tortillas and red sauce...DIVINE!! Reminded me of Paula's in St. George. I am going to make them for my Dad next week for his birthday!!
    THANKS AGAIN!! My mouth is watering!!

  3. Thanks Kali! I miss Paula's!! I was there a couple of weeks ago. We went to UT over spring break(hoping Amber would hav her baby while we were there). We stopped at Paula's on our way back to AZ. Hope you dad enjoys and had a GREAT birthday!!


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