Is There a Shortage of Pinto Beans?

One staple in our house has been Bush’s Best pinto beans (canned), or their chili beans, or kidney beans. The store has been out of this, and other brands of beans, for over a month! I’m soaking beans and cooking them now. Well, I guess that’s probably better for us, anyway. 🙂

Ten-bean soup mix is wonderful with a piece of sirloin steak. After soaking the beans overnight (2 cups of dried beans), I drain them, dump them in a dutch oven, just barely cover them with fresh water, add a tablespoon of Better than Bouillon Beef, and start heating it up. In a skillet, melt some butter, add chopped onion, celery, carrots, and stir-fry for a bit. Then add bite-sized chunks of steak, add seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic) till browned. Then, add everything to the beans. Cook over medium-low heat for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Near the end of that time, add chopped tomatoes if you like. Delicious as leftovers, too!


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