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                                EVA'S BEANS
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beans                            Mexican
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       lb           Pinto beans *
    1       lg           White onion, chopped
    4                    To 5 fresh tomatoes, peeled,
                         -seeded and chopped **
    1       lb           Lean bacon, cut into squares
    1       tb           Mexican oregano
    1                    Sprig Epasote
    1       tb           Ground cumin
   12       oz           Beer
                         Water ***
    1       bn           Cilantro, chopped
    2                    To 12 fresh jalapeno
                         -peppers, seeded, cut into
                         -fine slivers.
   Salt to taste
   *(NOT soaked, but rinsed well, and the rocks,
   etc.picked out) ** (substitute canned, if you like)
   *** to cover the beans by about 2 inches (you may need
   to add more HOT water as they cook)
   In a large pot, put the beans, bacon, oregano and
   cumin.  Add the beer, and water.  Simmer until the
   beans are almost tender (maybe 1 - 1 1/2 hours). Add
   the tomatoes and jalapenos, and cook until beans are
   fully tender. Add the cilantro, and re-heat for about
   a half hour.  Salt to taste.
   These make a good basic bean.  If you want a bean
   soup, remove about a quarter of the beans, and mash
   with a potato masher.  Return to the pot.
   Eva insisted that these beans HAD to be consumed the
   same day they were cooked.  I've found they will be
   almost as good reheated the next day, and if drained
   of most of their liquid, they make killer refried
   She served them as a separate course, after the meat
   ~- I like them as an accompaniment to grilled or
   barbecued meat, or as a meal in themselves, when
   served with a lot of fresh tortillas or homemade bread.
   Kathy in Bryan, TX
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