Slower Cooker Pinto Beans
Serves 10-12 (You know these are better two or three days from now)
1 pound dried pinto beans
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 pound ham hocks, or
1/4 pound streak o' lean (you don't need this with the ham bone
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter), Paula's says optional, I say not.
1 tablespoon House Seasoning, recipe is on the blog
Wash the beans and soak overnight in sold water. Or use the quick method and boil the beans in plenty of water for 2 minutes, then allow to sit for 1 hour.
Drain the beans and dump them into the slow cooker. Stir in chili powder and oregano.
If using ham hocks, soak in a separate pot in 4 cups water for 2 hours. Add the ham hocks and soaking liquid to the slow cooker. If using streak o' lean, cut the meat and put it in the slow cooker with the beans. If using the ham bone, just throw it in the slow cooker with the beans.
Saute' the onion in the fat in the skillet or saute' the onion in 2 tablespoons butter. Add the onion to the beans. Add the House Seasoning, start with half the amount, correct it later. Stir well.
Cover and cook on high until the beans are tender and have absorbed most of the liquid, about 5-6 hours.
If using ham bone, remove from beans and let cool until you can handle. Pick off the meat and return to beans. Throw the bone to the dog.