These are the easiest thing to make and you can freeze them to use for later. I like to try to get two meals out of them and then mash the rest up and freeze in 1 cup increments to use as “refried beans.”
- 3 cups dried beans
- 3 strips bacon, diced
- salt & pepper, to taste
- diced onions
- chili powder
- Soak beans overnight, cover with water and let sit 6-8 hours. Rinse and refill with water about 1-2 inches above top of beans. (You don't have to soak them overnight unless you just want to. Read my instructions for How to Prepare Dried Beans HERE.)
- Add bacon and put on stove on high, covered. Once boiling, bring to a simmer for 2-3 hours. I found 2.5 hours was best, 3 was too much, they got mushy.
- Once they are cooked through, add your seasonings.
- Serve with sour cream, pico di gallo, cheese or whatever you like!