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Spicy (or not) Beans

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Why I Love This Recipe

These were so good! You can leave out the ham hocks and just add extra of the other flavors - also can be done in the Instant Pot! You can also use a hand blender and make it more like refried....or just keep it simmering and it will do it on its own.

Ingredients You'll Need

4 cups Dry Pinto Beans
1 whole Ham Hock
1 whole Onion, Diced
2 whole Red Bell Peppers, Diced
4 cloves Garlic, Minced
2 whole Jalapenos, Sliced
2 teaspoons Salt, More To Taste
2 teaspoons Chili Powder (optional)
2 teaspoons Black Pepper, More To Taste


Rinse beans under cold water, sorting out any rocks/particles.

Place beans in a stock pot with the ham hock and cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Cover the pot and simmer for 2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure the water level is fine. Add more water as needed.

Then throw in diced onion, red bell pepper, garlic and jalapeno. Cover and continue cooking for another hour or two, remembering to check the water level.

Add salt, chili powder (if desired) and pepper, then cover and cook for another 20 to 30 minutes, or until beans are lovely and tender. Serve with cornbread as a meal, or spoon on top of nachos, tacos, etc.

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