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Mexican-style Pot Beans

6-8 servings


  • 1 lbs dry beans (such as pinto, pink, or black)
  • 1/2 medium white onion, skin and root end removed
  • 2 T olive oil or lard
  • 1 dried chipotle (optional)
  • salt to taste


  1. Sort through your beans and remove any rocks or dirt you find.
  2. Put beans in a 3-quart pot and cover with water by 3 inches.
  3. Add onion, olive oil or lard, and the chipotle if you are using it and bring it to a simmer.
  4. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the skins of the beans are soft.
  5. Add salt (start with 2 tsp) and cook until the beans are soft.
  6. Adjust salt to taste.

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