A few years ago I did the Daniel fast (veggies/fruits) for church, and I needed a bean recipe for some protein. This is the best bean recipe I’ve had, so I thought I would share. My son LOVES these beans, so we pretty much make this 2-3 times a month. They last a long time too.
This is also a VERY economical recipe. Like Dave Ramsey says, “Beans and rice. Rice and beans!” A serving of these beans will cost you roughly $0.39-0.65!!! Hello cheap! $Almost $4.00 for the full recipe (that’s all ingredients included).
|All the ingredients minus the beans|
3 cups of dried pinto beans (I use Great Value and they’re great)
1 box of chicken broth (I use low sodium) – you can also use 1 can broth and the rest water
1 yellow onion
1-2 Tbsp Chili Powder (depending on your spice tolerance)
1 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Lawry’s Salt
1/2 Tbsp Salt (I use Kosher salt) – I don’t really use this anymore to cut the sodium
Several dashes of Liquid Smoke – this is the KEY ingredient. I probably use about a Tbsp, but I don’t measure
|The KEY to this recipe! It smells like a BBQ pit going into your beans!!! So good. And I’m just realizing as I post this picture that the expiration date is tomorrow. Hmmm…didn’t know that.|
*On all the spices, I use just shy of 1 Tbsp…you can’t really mess it up, so use as much or as little as you’d like.
The Night Before: Measure out 3 cups of dried beans and pick out all the crummy ones (broken, dirty looking). Once you’ve done this, soak them overnight in water. This will soften the beans and take away the “gas” element that often comes with eating beans!
*Side Note: Remember that song? “Beans Beans! They’re good for your heart. The more you eat, the more you fart.” Haha! I can’t help but sing this song every time I make beans. And I laugh out loud every time.
|The crummy beans|
|Before they have soaked all night. Make sure to put enough water in your jar…it will at least double in size.|
|After they have soaked all night.|
The Next Morning:
1. Drain and rinse the beans and pour them in your crock pot. You might see a few more crummy beans…just pick them out.
|Nice action shot right?|
2. Chop onion – I like to cut my pieces small. Add to beans.
3. Pour chicken broth and/or water over the beans. I use all chicken broth. But if you’re using half water, just make sure to cover the top of the beans slightly.
4. Add all your spices and liquid smoke and stir all the goodness together.
5. I cook my beans on low heat for about 7-9 hours. If I’m at home, I give it a stir about halfway through.
*You might get home and take a look at your beans and think you burned them, but don’t worry…just stir them and they’ll be fine.
*Helpful Hint: If you don’t get the beans in the crock pot a full 7-9 hours before dinner like I have, just put it on high for about 3-5 hours and adjust it to low for another 2 or so. All crock pots are different, but doing high then low can cut your time down if you need to.
Feel free to add cheese, jalapenos, green onions, sour cream, corn bread, tomatoes, quinoa, etc… Add some rice for a COMPLETE protein! You get the best nutrients when you combine the beans and rice!