Texas Pit Beans

     With the cold icy weather, I needed to cook something.  I decided to try the Texas Pit Beans recipe from Peace, Love & Barbecue.  This is Vencil Mares’ (from The Taylor Cafe’ in Tayor, TX) recipe.  Texas pintos aren’t sweet like other Southern baked beans.  Pintos are a staple in most Texas BBQ joints.  I soaked the beans overnight, and have them in the crockpot now.  I’ll update with picks when done in a few hours.

 Update:  I let them cook almost 12 hours on low.  They came out really good.  This was another recipe on my BBQ book “to do” list.

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Texas Pit Beans

From Peace, Love and BBQ

  • 1 pound dried pinto beans

  • 2 cups minced yellow onion

  • 1 cup chopped bacon

  • 1/4 cup chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, finely ground (I ran it through a coffee grinder I use for spices only)

     Wash beans and sort through them to remove any foreign particles and broken beans.

Put beans in a large bowl or saucepan and cover with cool water by at least 3 inches.  Soak overnight.

     Drain and rinse the beans and put them in a large saucepan.  Add onions, bacon, chili powder and salt, and cover with cool water by 3 inches.  Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours, until beans are very tender.

     You can also cook the beans in a slow cooker or Crockpot.  Prepare as above, but add 6 cups of water.  Cook on medium for 6-8 hours, adding water if necessary to keep beans covered.

 My notes: I cooked in the crockpot on high for 1 hour, then low for about 10 hours.  You can’t overcook pintos.  Check bean tenderness to determine when done.  I serve as is with condiments on the side.  Condements are usually hot sauce, sliced pickled jalapenos and salt and pepper. 

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4 Responses to “Texas Pit Beans”

  1. brent Says:

    Can I get this bean recipe from you

  2. thillin Says:

    I updated the article and added the recipe from Peace, Love and BBQ. I hope you enjoy it. Let us all know how yours turns out.
    Ty

  3. Manfred Johnson Says:

    Thanks for adding the recipe Thillen

    I will definitely try these.

    In the slow cooker, did you need to add much water during the cook?

    Picture looks fantastic

  4. thillin Says:

    I actually didn’t have to add any. To thicken up the bean “gravy”, you can puree about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of the cooked beans with some of the “gravy” and stir back into the pot.

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