Chilli Beans

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time255 mins
  • Serves12
  • DifficultyEasy
4 cups dried pinto beans
1 ham hock
One can tomato sauce
1/4 cup chilli powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons white vinegar
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Rinse the beans under cold water, sorting out any rocks/particles. Cover in cold water and soak for 6 to 8 hours.

2. Drain the beans and place in a stockpot with the ham hock; cover with fresh water by 2 inches. Add the tomato sauce, chilli powder, brown sugar, white vinegar, garlic, onions, 1 tablespoon salt and 2 teaspoons pepper.

3. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer, adding a little more liquid if the level gets too low, until the beans are tender, 3 to 4 hours. Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

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