Sort (look for rocks) and wash pinto beans (1 bag). Put them in the Crock Pot and fill with water. Turn on low and go to bed (If you like to cook them over night). In the morning add salt and spices – depending on what will be done with the beans. You can also cut up an onion and add to the beans before going to bed. You could make chili by adding cumin, garlic, salt, chili powder and tomatoes. I do not measure – just taste. For bean soup I add more water, salt, pepper and garlic. To make refried beans I add salt and that’s all for spices. Or whizz them in the food processor with very little bean juice and ta da! refried (no-fat) beans. They freeze well. If you have left over bean juice add it to soup stock.
Submitted by Nancy Groff