Santa Maria Style Beans

Santa Maria Style Beans

These beans are a necessary menu item for Santa Maria Style BBQ.

Santa Maria Style Beans
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound dried pinquito beans
  2. 1 strip bacon, diced
  3. 1/2 cup ham, diced
  4. 1 clove garlic, chopped
  5. 1/4 cup tomato puree
  6. 1/4 cup red chile sauce (see note below)
  7. 1 tablespoon sugar
  8. 1 teaspoon dried mustard
Instructions
  1. Pick through the beans and discard any foreign matter. Place the beans in a saucepot and cover with water. Soak overnight.
  2. Drain the beans and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil, and then lower temperature to a simmer. Simmer for about 2 hours until tender.
  3. Cook the bacon and ham together over medium heat until bacon is crisp. Add garlic, and cook for about a minute. Add in the tomato puree, chile sauce, and seasonings. Reserve this until the beans are done.
  4. Drain almost all of the liquid from the beans, reserving about a half cup of the liquid. Add in the bacon and tomato sauce to the beans and stir to mix. Check the consistency and add in a little of the reserved bean liquor if the beans are too dry.
  5. Serve hot.
Notes
  1. NOTE: Use a Mexican chile sauce in the canned tomato aisle at the supermarket, not chili sauce - a ketchup and horseradish condiment.
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