Gina's Joys

My mother made a big pot of beans for us just about every few days. In a family with 8 children you tend to get use to inexpensive (good tasting) staples like this.

I have good memories of them cooking away on the stove, I can still recall a sense of warmth in our home as the scent of the almost cooked beans permeated our home. Now I enjoy cooking these beans for my own family.

* To soak or not soak? My mom never did, so I don’t either, end of debate. Ha. 🙂


  • 1 pound pinto beans, rinsed
  • 12 cups beef broth
  • 1/3 onion, left in a chunk
  • 2 slices of bacon, whole
  • 1/2 sliced (in rings) jalapeño (these will only add flavor, not heat)
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  1. Place all ingredients…

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