BBQ Pinto Beans With Spiced Refried Black Beans

01dBlackPintobfThis is a case I should have saved for Parfait! Friday, as it is a classic case of tumbling stuff together to clean up the fridge and hoping it’ll be edible, at least.

It was frikkin’ awesome!

The pinto beans that had been cooked with country style pork ribs and onion and peppers in a spicy sweet barbecue sauce in the slow cooker had been good.

Same for the spiced refried black beans.

05aRibsReadybfLOCombine the two in a casserole, cover and ‘wave until hot, and you have a dish that doesn’t deserve to be leftover, it deserves to be featured as my favorite pork (and beef) and beans recipe.

03bBBQPepperbfLORibs and Beans:
•Country style pork ribs*
Seasoned salt
•Black pepper
Gateway to the North Maple Garlic Seasoning
•1 red pepper, chopped
•1 green pepper, chopped
•1 onion, chopped
•2 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed

•12 oz barbecue sauce
•8 oz pepper relish
•1 tbsp Sherry Peppers Sauce
•1 tsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce
•1/4 cup peach butter

Seasoned Black Beans:
•1 pound ground beef (optional)
•1-1/2 cup diced sweet onion
•1 (16 oz) can refried beans
•1 teaspoon dried oregano
•1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
•1/4 tsp taco seasoning
•1 tsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce
•1 tsp Sherry Peppers Sauce

04aBeansVeggiesbfLO*Note: Feel free to eliminate the ribs for this combined bean dish, but mebbe add a good-sized knob of salt pork to the pinto beans, veggies, and sauce in the slow cooker.

Add the pinto beans, chopped peppers, and onion to a slow cooker.

Season and pre-broil the ribs (if you’re using them)  – or add the knob of salt pork.

00BeansReadybfLOWhisk the sauce ingredients together, pop in the ‘wave for 30 seconds or so, to melt the peach butter, then pour over the beans.

Cover and cook on high for six hours, or low for nine or ten.

Note: you can probably shorten this time if you’re not doing ribs.

Remove the ribs (or salt pork), then strain the sauce from the bean and veggie mixture.

01aBlackBeansbfLOSkim the fat from the sauce, then stir back into the beans and set aside.

Make the seasoned black beans by warming a bit of oil in a large pot over medium high heat, the adding the ground beef and onion.

Cook, stirring often and to break up the beef, until the beef is cooked and the onion tender.

03bAddBeefSpicesbfLOTurn the beef and onion mixture into a colander to drain, then wipe out any remaining fat in the pot.

Add the canned refried black beans to the still warm pot and stir until they soften.

Return the beef and onion mixture to the pot along with the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

01dBlackPintobfLOAt this point, you can either stir the barbecued pinto beans into the black bean mixture in the pot and warm over low heat; or combine them all into a ‘wave safe casserole, set ’em aside to cool, then cover and stash in the fridge overnight to allow the flavors to blend.

When ready to serve, remove from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature, then ‘wave, covered, until heated through.


Amazingly tasty beans.

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