Recipe by Chef John
"Classic Santa Maria-style beans are made with a special variety of pink beans called pinquitos. These 'little pink' beans are prepared in a spicy, smoky, tomato/chili sauce that's spiked with not one, but two kinds of pork. Santa Maria beans have come into my life relatively late, so I plan on making up for lost time this barbecue season."
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dry pink beans (such as pinquito)
cold water to cover
peppered bacon, diced
diced smoked ham
1 (14.5 ounce) can
chipotle chile powder
If I wasn't married I would be standing up holding a poster board that said Chef John Marry Me!! These were fantastic beans. Not baked beans, not pinto beans, not any kind of beans I've had before ...different yummy beans. YAY! go Chef John go...right now I'm your biggest fan.
I am actually from Santa Maria, born and raised. Although this version is NOT traditional they do sound pretty good. True Santa Maria style pinquito beans have green chili (most cheat and just use Ortega diced green chilies) and no ketchup or canned tomatoes, and a pantry full of spices. Id be willing to try these tho.
.Very good starter. We just like more spice. We found it was just a nice tomato flavour. After sampling the way it was intended I tweaked it. I added 1 tblsp of liquid smoke and a tblsp of ancho chili peppers. Next time I will probably double both of these. I will make it again. Thank you
The flavor of these beans was great! I did make a couple changes - I used two cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed, instead of the dried beans. I also skipped the mustard, but added a little tomato paste at the end to thicken the sauce a bit. The chipotle powder adds a nice heat to these!
My previous attempts at cooking beans have been less than spectacular.
I have made this recipe several times with amazing results. I recommend this recipe for any summer social gathering. Sometimes I cook thie recipe on a Sunday to enjoy the rest of the week.
These beans are fantastic! I doubled the recipe for a barbeque picnic and used half black beans and half pink beans. I prepared the dry beans and sauce as recipe directs, and then used a crock pot on low for 4 hours for the last step (this made it easy to serve them hot for a group). They were perfect with smoked brisket and a salad with cilantro-lime sauce.
Spectacular bean recipe! Finally, something a little different for the outdoor grilling season! Three cheers, Chef John!
We made this recipe for 24 servings... Luckily, we made it a day early figuring they're always better the second day. It worked! We split it into 2 crock pots, and added jalapeños to one batch. The second day I added an extra (6 servings) cup of the sauce, and both pots came out to rave reviews.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chef John's Santa Maria-Style Beans
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 42
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