Thursday, May 26, 2011

Slow Cooker Zesty Pinto Beans

Slow Cooker Zesty Pinto Beans1 (16oz.) pkg. (3 1/4 cups) dried pinto beans, sorted, rinsed

2 cups water

1 cup chopped onions (2 medium)

1/2 cup finely chopped cooked ham

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 (14 1/2-oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained

1 In large saucepan, combine beans and 10 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender but still firm, stirring occasionally.

2 Drain beans, discarding water. Place beans in 3 1/2 to 4-quart slow cooker. Add 2 cups water and all remaining ingredients except tomatoes; mix well.

3 Cover; cook on low setting for 8 hours.

4 Add tomatoes; mix well. Cover; cook an additional 1 to 2 hours or until beans are tender

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