In my Daybook Online Journal post a couple of days ago I mentioned one of our favorite large family recipes, easy Pinto beans. I make a large roasting pan full of these beans about once a month. You all wanted the recipe and here it is! This is the original recipe, but I triple or quadruple it all the time.
Do not let the name fool you though! You don’t have to have a large family to make these easy Pinto beans. They are so easy to throw together that you could make them one day, portion them out into single serve size and add them to meals that you want to freeze and enjoy through the month.
This is one of my favorite large family recipes because it makes a ton of yummy pinto beans that can be mashed up and frozen as refried beans, or left alone and frozen as beans to eat by themselves, added to chili, soups or stews.
Large Family Recipes: Easy Pinto Beans
One of my favorite places to find large family recipes is church cookbooks and that’s where this recipe came from. Sometimes we make a batch of these and mash them all up–by hand or hand blender. Scoop into a bowl, top with cheese, sour cream, cilantro and jalapenos for a spicy refried bean dinner.
This easy Pinto bean recipe makes a great meal for Friday’s in Lent where many people don’t eat meat. You could add some rice to the beans to make an even heartier meal. You could also serve cornbread or tortillas with these beans.
The mashed up beans are perfect for bean and cheese quesadillas, bean enchiladas and taco filling. No matter what you do with these easy pinto beans, once you’ve made them, they are perfect for freezing, so make a large batch and freeze the rest.
Crockpot Easy Pinto Beans
3 cups dry pinto beans
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 dry red peppers (or crushed to taste) or 1 seeded, chopped jalapeno
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/3 cup olive oil
5 teaspoons salt
1.5 teaspoons black pepper
9 cups water or enough to cover beans
Let me know if you make these and what you think. Also, share some of your favorite large family recipes in the comments. To me a large family recipe you love. It must use easy to find ingredients, be flexible in the ingredient list–above, if I don’t have a jalapeno or don’t like a jalapeno, I can leave it out or substitute another pepper with really no impact on the integrity of the recipe.
Large family recipes need to be easy to double–triple–or more. And kid friendly never hurts, although sometimes it’s ok for kids to try something they don’t necessarily like..a sprinkle of cheese and dollop of sour cream can sometimes go a long way in making a dish a little more palatable. And economical is a given.