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Favorite Recipes: Simply Wonderful Mexican Beans

Recipe Author

Name: George A. (Eagle1)
Total Recipes: 5



Simply Wonderful Mexican Beans

Dish: Fun & Easy
Dish Type: Beans
Cooking Method: Crockpot
Diet: High-fiber
Difficulty: 2 / 10
Servings: 4 - 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2.5 hours

  • Cup 2 - dry pinto beans
  • Slices 4 - bacon, cut in 1" pieces
  • Clove 4 - 5 - garlic
  • Cup 5 - boiling water

Always buy the freshest pinto beans. The lighter the color, the fresher the beans, and the better your dish.

  • Sort the beans, removing the broken beans and stones.
  • Rinse the beans with cold water and drain (do not pre-soak)
  • Add the beans and boiling water to the crock pot and turn it on High.
  • Add the garlic & raw bacon.
  • Cover the crock pot & cook on High for about 2 1/2 hours, stir periodically, or until the beans are soft.

After the beans are done, add salt to taste. Use as a side-dish, or for a complete meal, serve over a bed of hot white rice and top with chopped onions, tomatoes, grated cheese, and salsa.


I've prepared beans all my life, but learned this secret in the past few years: Never add sugar or tomato products before or while cooking; these inhibit softening of the beans. This seems to apply to all legumes, including lentils.

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5/24/2008 12:50 PM ET
Oddly enough, I've noticed potatoes also don't soften well when I put them into a soup or stew with tomato products. It's good to know that about beans, Thanks!
Ene H. (ene)
11/27/2007 10:19 PM ET
I use a pressure cooker. And I cook my beans for an hour. Maybe alittle longer just to make sure they are soft. I sometime will add 3 tbsp of flour along with the cold water. I also add 1/2 tsp of sugar before cooking.