I have a ton (or 4 lbs) of pinto beans to use up, so I made the Pioneer Woman's pinto beans. I had made this a few weeks ago and it was good as is, but I just feel the need to fiddle with things.
I used apple wood smoked bacon and a medium chopped onion and put them in at the beginning of the cooking. The onions will disintegrate during cooking but will add a nice flavor and thickening to the finished dish. I add chopped ham that was left over from a few days ago and a finely diced jalapeno once the beans had started to soften. I think next time I will add 2 jalapenos as 1 didn't add quite enough flavor. Yummy.
I would usually have cornbread with this but I was messing around with a bread recipe from the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes cookbook so we had that.
I would recommend checking out the Pioneer Woman's cooking section she has some great everyday food recipes.
I am a bored, presently unemployed small town mid-westerner. I like to cook, which is why I also need to lose weight. I am an avid reader. I have a slighltly warped sense of humor and a great husband "The Little Buddy".