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Simple Pinto Beans

Beans. Should be such an easy thing to accomplish. Dry beans, flavorings, water or broth, cook till soft. Every time I see a post for beans I want to attempt them.  But I don't. It's so sad to see all that time and energy in wasted beans tossed to the compost bin. 

Until last week, I've ignored my desire to cook beans. Stumbling across Frijoles de la Olla I found myself unwilling to ignore the urge to make them.  Besides the recipe was from one of my most favorite food sources and it's host is from my great state.  I am hosting his native food does not fail me today.

Modifications Made:
The recipe consisted of six ingredients, three of which were given options.  I chose quarter cup onion, one bay leaf, one tablespoon of dry cilantro, three garlic cloves, one bag pinto beans, and one tablespoon salt.  Everything was added to the pot asking with water and beans were cooked until tender.  Water and salt was added as needed.

Scaled for Likability: Great
Thank you to Rick Martinez for his simple pinto bean recipe. For the first time EVER pinto beans have been cooked with resulting product correct in color, texture, and taste. His toppings were so different from normal pinto bean date they had to be given a try, too.  With beans cooling on the counter a quick trip to the store was worth the wait for tasty beans. Tangy radish (not pictured), creamy avocado, zesty like juice, spice from jarred jalapenos, and full flavor beans were a solid hit.  Cheese was added but not needed and the second trip the bean bar it was omitted. Delish!

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