A very good and versatile recipe! I didn't have pinto beans on hand so I used dried black beans instead and it turned out great. In the past I have had trouble cooking beans until I learned there is a secret to it - don't add the salt until the beans are completely done or they will stay rock hard! I therefore cooked the beans and then my hubby added the salt. Here is why this recipe didn't get 5 stars....it was waaaaaaay too salty! When I cook a pound of beans, I add at the most, 1 T salt. My husband added the salt and he dumped 2 T in as stated in the recipe and it pretty much ruined the dish. I love the flavor so next time, I will add 1 T salt at the end of the cooking, stir, let it bubble for 15 minutes or so then taste and IF more is needed, add it teaspoonful by teaspoonful, carefully tasting after each addition.
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A very good and versatile recipe! I didn't have pinto beans on hand so I used dried black...