Easiest Pinto Beans

pinto beansThis is from Feed Your Family Fast, Healthy Meals on $10 a Day. After rinsing the beans off a few times, I do not soak them but just cook longer generally.

Put the beans in a pot, remembering that they will swell to about 3 times their dried state once cooked. Cover with two inches of water. Add the onion, chili powder, and ham hock. Bring to a boil, stir everything, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover loosely and cook until done. Mine took about 3-4 hours but then it was so close to dinner I just let them continue. I served them as is, like a simple bean soup. About as cheap and delicious as you could hope for!

At about 10 servings per pound of beans and a 1.50 for the ham hock, the base price for this is about 30 cents a serving. Make up a batch of cornbread to go with it and you have a great simple dinner.

You can also easily turn them into refried beans.