Here is how to make these great beans and serve them with your favorite corn bread! If you are doing a meatless night then leave out the bacon :)
4 cups dried pinto beans
4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch slices
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1. Rince the beans thoroughly, then place them in a large pot with the bacon. Pour water over the top.
2. Use enough water to cover the beans by 1 or 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer 2 to 3 hours.
3 If the liquid seems to evaporate too quickly, add more water during the cooking process.
4. The beans are done when they're tender, without much bite.
5. Add in the salt and pepper. Stir and taste, adjusting the seasoning as necessary. Add in other seasonings as desired.