Santa Maria Style Beans

Serve these beans with grilled Santa Maria tri-tip.

Santa Maria Style Beans

Serves 8 Servings

1 lb dry pinquito beans, pink beans, or pinto beans
2 strips bacon, diced
1/2 cup smoked cooked ham, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp chipotle pepper, optional
1 Tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water

Check through beans for small stones. Place in a pot and cover with cold water; soak overnight. Drain beans and return to the pot. Cover by 3-inches with fresh cold water, and simmer for 1 hour, 45 minutes, or until tender.

While the beans are cooking, sauté bacon in a saucepan over medium heat until lightly browned. Add the ham and garlic; sauté 2 minutes longer. Add the tomato, ketchup, mustard, paprika, chili powder, chipotle, sugar, salt, and water. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes. Reserve.

When beans are ready; drain, but reserve one cup of the cooking liquid. Return beans and cup of liquid to the pot and stir in the sauce. Simmer on low for 30 minutes. Serve hot with grilled Santa Maria tri-tip.

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