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Hock It To Me & Yes Pintos Again

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I grew up eating pintos every week. So pinto beans for me is a life long food.
When i met my wife (her being Amish) lol It took a year for her to come around to pintos. She got americanized and wanted ground beef added after the beans were done.
Cheese and sour cream.....WHAAAAAAT.....Yeah for wussies.

Have to do a large chop on the onions so she can pick em out.
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My mom normally used hocks but in a pinch she would use bacon.
Season good. I have to use filtered or distilled water as the water here is pretty hard and that can take the beans to long to cook.
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Around 2-3 hours with lid tilted off.
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My wife finally got the ok from all 4 of her docs for the knee surgery, so it looks like we will be here another year before we go back to house living.
She also has to do a lymph node transplant this year because of the removale when she had breast cancer.

YAY
Just got the call. knee surgery for her on the 18th.

Gotta do what we gotta do.
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Looks tasty! My wife and I like "pintos" or refried beans but we were recently in Texas and experienced them a whole way. OMG so delicious. I think they are called cowboy beans or frijoles a la charra. Still researching and most are bacon but admit I prefer ham hock. Do you pull it and eat or flavor only?

Best of luck on the procedure! I could get used to that for another year... Congrats on opening up too.
 

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It looks like you have everything well in hand. We eat a fair share of pinto beans and Great Northerns, each with smoked hocks or leftover ham. Either can be made somewhat mild. Here is a GN recipe to check out. I've even added potatoes to this one.

 

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Looks tasty! My wife and I like "pintos" or refried beans but we were recently in Texas and experienced them a whole way. OMG so delicious. I think they are called cowboy beans or frijoles a la charra. Still researching and most are bacon but admit I prefer ham hock. Do you pull it and eat or flavor only?

Best of luck on the procedure! I could get used to that for another year... Congrats on opening up too.
I was raised in the Tex-Mex belt of south Texas, and there are more bean dishes than Carter has pills. Here is one variety I make. We also make Borracho Beans which mean 'drunken beans' as they have beer and cooked with whole jalapenos.

 

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My mom was mexican, born in Brownsville Tx then moved to Lubbock.
(i say was, she passed 2 years ago)

I had to make the pintos less hot for my wife.
 

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Great looking meal. Love hocks and beans along with a skillet jalapeño corn bread. Our prayers are with ya'll for safe and successful procedures. 🍻

John
 

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Pintos look great...again! Sorry to hear about the needed procedures, but sounds like it needed and will be better in the long run. Looks like you are doing ok there, but I am sure a house would be nice - hopefully soon! Best wish on the procedure, recover, and maybe a house.
 

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Thanks y'all

Yeah soon we hope. I really miss a garage.......no Farmer not moving back up to PA....LOL
Later for dinner and some flour tortillas.
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I grew up eating pintos every week. So pinto beans for me is a life long food.
When i met my wife (her being Amish) lol It took a year for her to come around to pintos. She got americanized and wanted ground beef added after the beans were done.
Cheese and sour cream.....WHAAAAAAT.....Yeah for wussies.

Have to do a large chop on the onions so she can pick em out.
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My mom normally used hocks but in a pinch she would use bacon.
Season good. I have to use filtered or distilled water as the water here is pretty hard and that can take the beans to long to cook.
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Around 2-3 hours with lid tilted off.
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My wife finally got the ok from all 4 of her docs for the knee surgery, so it looks like we will be here another year before we go back to house living.
She also has to do a lymph node transplant this year because of the removale when she had breast cancer.

YAY
Just got the call. knee surgery for her on the 18th.

Gotta do what we gotta do.
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Mmmmm pinto beans!!! They looked amazing in your last post!
I wish the wife the best of luck with her health and procedures.

Looks tasty! My wife and I like "pintos" or refried beans but we were recently in Texas and experienced them a whole way. OMG so delicious. I think they are called cowboy beans or frijoles a la charra. Still researching and most are bacon but admit I prefer ham hock. Do you pull it and eat or flavor only?

Best of luck on the procedure! I could get used to that for another year... Congrats on opening up too.
Oh man it is awesome to see someone experiencing some pinto beans in different ways to them. Especially since I've had em every which way being born and raised in TX haha.

Yeah charro/cowboy beans (a la charra) are fantastic!!! Any kind of cured pork fit's the bill. They are pretty easy to make. They are just pinto beans with something like pico de gallo thrown in (must have onion and garlic) but without the lime. Also you add ground cumin and you can add a little oregano if you like. Done!!!

As thirdeye thirdeye mentioned, Borracho beans are freaking amazing too and maybe my favorite! Basically make charro beans and at the end (last 15 minutes) pour in a beer and cook it in a little..... soooooo freakin good. If you add the beer too early it's flavor gets obliterated by the heat of cooking so you don't add it in too early.

Finally, you like refried beans. Well refried beans are just pinto beans that get mashed and fried up in a pan with some lard, crisco, or vegetable oil. The way refried beans came about was that you make a giant pot of pinto beans because they take so long. Well you can't always eat them all before they go bad so you just refry them and bam, a whole new bean product with a new life cycle hahaha.

You haven't lived until you have eaten refried charro beans or borracho beans!!! :)
 

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Rick Hoping the surgery goes smooth and she heals quickly. Use Baking Soda in the water it will tenderize the beans in half the time. I bet my Doc would not Like to know what I'm thinking LOL Hocks
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They are just pinto beans with something like pico de gallo thrown in (must have onion and garlic) but without the lime. Also you add ground cumin and you can add a little oregano if you like. Done!!!

You haven't lived until you have eaten refried charro beans or borracho beans!!! :)
That is pretty much a spot on description of what I thought. We had a layover at IAH and hit Pappasitos. My wife and I were eating away (steak fajitas) and we both take a bite of beans and look at each other... I now understand why some people go nuts for beans. They really are that good. Took the whole plate up a few notches and the fajitas were stellar to being with.

Cinco de Mayo cannot come soon enough!
 

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I am a very big fan of all things beans. After eating them daily for a few years post-highschool, I think that says something about their versatility (and nutrition/cost ratio!).

Like many other things, freshness of the seasonings makes a huge difference. Freshly toasted and ground cumin, bay leaves, and Mexican oregano; a Negra Modelo over a Bud Lite etc.

..That said, the above pictured beans were all free dusty old cans, a cheap brand hot dogs, and onions from a food surplus giveaway a public school does weekly. Still delicious! I do owe some of that to having heated it all up on the smoker, but still.
 

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That’s my kind of meal Rick!
We are thinking of moving from Sebring, & the park you are in looks real nice. Do they have modular homes in there? Or just park models? Do you have a site I could visit to see what your place is like?
Al
 

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That is pretty much a spot on description of what I thought. We had a layover at IAH and hit Pappasitos. My wife and I were eating away (steak fajitas) and we both take a bite of beans and look at each other... I now understand why some people go nuts for beans. They really are that good. Took the whole plate up a few notches and the fajitas were stellar to being with.

Cinco de Mayo cannot come soon enough!
Pappasitos brings it!

If you would like your mind blown more. Take those charro beans, toss in a healthy bit of salsa, and mix in rice to make this amazing mix of all 3.
Scoop that into a tortilla, add cheese, sour cream, and squeeze a little lime in it and take a bite.

Be ready to taste heaven :D

Finally, beans out of the can are super easy to doctor up and honestly don't taste much different than homemade if you just cook em a little bit. Feel free to buy some cans and play around making charro beans. Whole pinto beans out of the can are cooked very bland but they take on the flavors you want well when you cook them for 30 min or so. Hell even much less time if in a pinch but a little more time the better :)
 

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