Makes 6 Servings
1 can (1 3/4 cup) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups water
8 ounces ham, cut into cubes
1 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small bay leaf
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 cups green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon oregano or cumin
- Combine beans, water, ham, onion, garlic and bay leaf in a large pot.
- Cover and simmer about 15 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for at least 30 more minutes. The longer the mixture simmers, the better the flavor. Enough liquid should be left on beans to resemble a medium-thick gravy.
Tip: Serve over brown rice or quinoa. If you do not have fresh garlic use about 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder.
Recipe adapted from: NDSU Extension Service