As a child, I never really ate pinto beans because I thought they were gross. I was wrong. As I got older, I started to like them quite a bit. This recipe is from Katie Lee Joel. Here in the south its traditional to serve pinto beans with corn bread so thats what I did! This meal is cheap and cheerful. Try it!
1 lb dried pinto beans, rinsed and picked through
1 large onion, quartered
1 bay leaf
2 slices of thick cut bacon, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Soak beans overnight.
Drain beans. Combine quartered onion, bay, bacon, salt, pepper, and garlic powder with 6 cups water in large pot over med-high heat. Bring to a soft boil and reduce heat. Stir occasionally and add more water as needed to keep beans covered. Cook about 3 hours or until beans are super tender. Season with added salt and pepper to taste.