Fast forward to 2015 and it seems that the old "pot of beans" on the stove or in the fridge has fallen out of fashion. Sure, there are still plenty of beans being eaten today. Not just pinto beans either! I see plenty of creative and innovative recipes on the web where beans are used in salads, soups, chili, veggie burgers, and other unique specialties.
One last thing before I get into the very easy process of cooking beans. If you're a kitchen dweller like me, do yourself a favor and go out and get a clay pot. Cooking your beans in a clay pot on the stovetop or in the oven adds an earthy quality to your beans that cannot be matched by any other method. You might be thinking to yourself that the old "crock pot" method is just as good. I'm here to tell you it's not. Clay pots such as mine shown in the photo above can be obtained pretty inexpensively these days. Sure, you can go out and spend hundreds of dollars if you wish, but I got mine for only 30 bucks at the Home Goods store in Petaluma. Just follow the manufacturer's instructions on prepping the pot before the first use. I had to soak my clay pot in water overnight before use. It's a one time process. After that you're good to go!
Today's recipe is one of those foundational recipes that will help you create a nice base for some chili, refried beans, nachos, burritos, or whatever else you dream up. This recipe uses pinto beans, but feel free to substitute your favorite bean variety. Click "Read More" for the recipe. Enjoy :)