Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chipotle Jalapeno Beans

2 cups dry pinto beans
2 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
1 cup diced bell pepper
1 cup diced onion
1 clove diced garlic
1 tsp chipotle powder
1-2 jalapenos, sliced
salt and pepper

Rinse the beans, pick out any debris. In a good sized pot start the bacon for a minute or two then add the onion and pepper. Once they are tender add the garlic. Saute for ~30 seconds, then add the beans and enough water to cover them ~ 2". Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and let cook for about an hour. Add the jalapenos, black pepper and chipotle. Cover again and let cook til tender, checking the water level periodically. Don't let it get too low, but don't add too much, it should be thick. Salt to taste.

adapted from Spicy Beans by Pioneer Woman

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Wow, I'm actually posting something I said I would and only several weeks late. Heh. So, like the recipe up top says, this is adapted from the legendary PW. Her recipe looked lovely (although I'm not sure why she added all the veggies raw in the middle of cooking, but I'm sure she has her reasons), but since I have to be me I changed it up. With bacon.Because I love bacon. I also wanted to cook at least the onions, garlic and peppers (my jalapenos were canned, so I figured whatever for them) because... well, because I wanted to. And since I'm the only one I'm cooking for I can do that, dammit. None of you can stop me! You don't even know my real name! Ha! Ahem. Excuse me.

So I don't have many prep shots, this was made before I got a table and this is what I had to work with. That's the most stable place for the cutting board (and the entirety of my counter space) and it still rocked back and forth. Hm, does the danger make this extreme cooking? Maybe I should be doing it in a moving vehicle of some sort...

Anyway, I did get a few shots, like this one. Note, everything is better when it comes from a Lord of the Rings glass. Studies have shown it although I'm far too busy to look them up right now. And here we are, ready to sit and simmer for hours, making my apartment smell awesome and my neighbors jealous. And this is the jalapenos. Since I'm cooking for just me I added lots and left in the seeds and ribs. It was almost too spicy actually, but it tasted like... freedom of choice. Heh. So, here it is all done. Not too pretty, really. Looks ways better when you spoon it over some corn bread, even if the corn bread is crap from a grocery store. Might as well be yellow cake with cornmeal in it, stupid jerk bread. But! The beans are still awesome and they freeze really well. So I suggest you make some, you can make mine or PW's or create your own. They're beans, do what you want to do. Just make sure there's some pork fat in there, beans aren't the same without it.

8 comments:

Karen said...

I always like to start beans with some bacon, smoked ham hocks, or even smoked turkey legs. Like soup, I just can't get to making beans in the summertime... but winter will be upon us soon (sooner than I want!) Glad to see you back posting :)

vanillasugarblog said...

LOL! you go! good to see your sense of humor back and kicking it. I am an avid bean fan, even eat them in sandwich bean sandwiches as a kid. So these look good!

Getting a Restaurant Job said...

Wow I love eating beans! I think I need to try this, I hope my honey liked it!

Linda said...

These look SO SO GOOD! My mouth is watering. Looks like a great recipe.

Joanne said...

I am so craving beans and cornbread now! I'm so glad you're posting again Bob...you always make me laugh!

Nelly said...

Hmm I don't normally like tinned/canned beans, you know like Heinz baked beans etc...
But these look delicious! I mean what isn't delicious with the addition of bacon?

Chris said...

Excellent side for any bbq!

Kim said...

Omg! That looks yummy!! I agree about everything being better from a LOTR cup too. ;)

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