What a Crock: Pinto Beans

It's important to have a good bean recipe in the crock pot arsenal, especially living here in Texas. Beans are versatile, and if made properly, can be quite delicious. Let's see how this crock pot pinto bean recipe turned out.

The rundown I'm not going to sit here and tell you this is the most authentic pinto bean recipe out there. But it works, is easy to construct, and yields a healthy bean option.

The taste Good, but not great. Most importantly, the beans turned out soft. The sliced jalapenos provided a little burn, but certainly not enough. I would suggest more of everything--cumin, salt, pepper, and jalapenos. Also, throw some cilantro in towards the end of cooking and also while plating the beans.

The ease This is easy, but it does require a little extra preparation time. The beans need to soak in water overnight. That's not a problem. All you have to do the next morning is add the beans to the crock pot, fill with fresh water, and toss in the seasonings (cumin, salt, and pepper), along with the jalapenos. Set on HIGH for eight hours, and returned to a pinto bean-smelling home.

The tip Smash the beans up with a fork, add a little salt and pepper, and serve with chips. It's a healthy alternative to traditional refried beans.

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