Saturday, September 16, 2006

Pinto Beans

Hmmm..What to make for dinner? I didn't have anything planned and we needed to go to the store. I had some dried pinto beans, a pressure cooker, and everything to make corn bread and cole slaw. That sounded yummy. These beans turned out to be like a vegetarian chili, I guess. With the cole slaw and the corn bread, it was indeed an excellent meal.

Of course I didn't really measure. Just throw in the amounts that feel right. I tried to give approximate amounts.

Pinto Beans

about 3/4 lb dry pinto beans, cooked (about 2 cans)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup diced red pepper
2 tablespoons minced garlic
can of diced green chilis
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
14 oz can petite diced tomatoes

Saute the onion, red pepper, and garlic until the onion is translucent. Add the chili powder, paprika, and cupmin, and saute a minute or two more. Stir in the green chilis, tomatoes and pinto beans and simmer until everything is cooked just right. Add water if the mixture gets too thick.


Val said...

I LOVE pinto beans. I cook them that way too... pressure cooker I mean. I love them with corn and chedder cheese and that is all. I just love pintos... I grew up on my mom making a pot of them on Friday and us eating them all weekend for 8 - 9 years. Yum!


Laurie said...

One of my favorite things to do is take the freshly cooked pinto beans and lightly salt them and eat them hot, just by themselves. They are so good that way!

I heart pintos!

Nicole said...

Hi Laurie,

I love any kind of beans! They are so versatile, so inexpensive and so good for you! I don't have a pressure cooker, is it easy to use? What else do you use a pressure cooker for? I've thought about getting one but I want to make sure I'll use it!

Laurie said...

The modern (without the jiggle-top) pressure cookers are really super easy to use. Mostly I use the pressure cooker to make beans and soups. I also use it to cook certain vegetables like beets. I've also cooked rice in it.

I needed refried beans in a hurry last night and I used the pressure cooker and I went from dried beans to refried beans in 30 minutes! Can't beat that!