I’ve been giving myself a challenge of making really cheap meals and make our food budget stretch out. I have been busting our food budget every month and couldn’t figure out why. So, this month I actually sat down, looked at the specials and sales, clipped coupons, and meal planned down to the last dollar. I was able to spend only a $100 for two weeks of food.
Funny thing though, I didn’t plan on making this meal… it just happened. I was watching Pioneer Woman (really dangerous to do if you’re hungry) and saw her make these Fiesta Beans…. yummy. I didn’t have all the ingredients she had and I wanted to try out the 75 minute bean recipe that some friends posted. So I did my own thing.
Best. Beans. Ever!!!!!
In a dutch oven, throw in a 2 lb bag of beans you have sifted through and rinsed. Cover with water and allow to soak overnight, if you remember to do it. If not, you will probably need to add 15 more minutes to the cooking time, if using pinto beans.
If you soaked the beans overnight, then drain, rinse, and cover with water once more.
Preheat your oven to 250.
To your beans, nestle in a ham bone, ham hock, or even just a couple strips of bacon.
Add the following:
1 cup of sliced fresh hot peppers (I used jalapeno, serrano, and one yellow hot pepper)
2 Tbsp Chili powder
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Cumin
3 Bay leaves (remove after cooking)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Stir and bring to a boil, on the stove top.
Place the dutch oven, with lid on, into the oven and allow to cook for 75 minutes or until beans are tender
Ladle into bowls and serve with fresh cilantro, cheese, and corn bread.