Southern pinto beans are simmered with smoked ham hocks (or use turkey wings) until tender with a thick brown soup.
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I was born and raised in the south by a single mother with five children. Our family enjoyed pinto beans and cornbread once or twice a week because it was affordable and filled our tummies.
To this day, I love pinto beans and Homemade Self-Rising Cornbread. Sometimes, I’ll add a few chopped onions. Always good. Never gets old.
I like tender pinto beans cooked until the skins falls off. Although not photogenic, they are delicious! If you prefer “pretty” whole beans, stir very gently or use a slow cooker.
Although most people love cornbread and pinto beans, there are multitudes who prefer biscuits. Which do you prefer? Please respond in comments.
The house smells wonderful while pinto beans are simmering. I removed the lid to shoot this photograph.
Pinto beans are the most popular beans in the United States and northwestern Mexico.
They are a common filling for burritos in Mexican cuisine. The young immature pods are harvested and cooked as green pinto beans.
In Spanish, they’ re called frijol pinto
[fri.ˈxol ˈpin.to], literally “speckled bean.”
There are a number of different varieties of pinto bean, notably some originating from Northern Spain, where an annual fair is dedicated to the bean.
According to Medical News Today, beans offer many health benefits for individuals with diabetes.
They are a high-nutrient superfood that can help control blood sugar levels and fight disease.
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.