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Beans with Cumin Seed

Spice Islands®

Beans with Cumin Seed


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 hours 15 minutes

8 servings


1 pound dried pinto beans

2 ounces (60 g) salt pork or bacon, divided

2 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil

1 medium onion, chopped, divided

1-1/4 teaspoons Spice Islands® Whole Cumin Seed

1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Minced Garlic

1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Fine Grind Black Pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt


Wash beans; cover with water and soak 8 hours or overnight.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large saucepan. Add half the salt pork and onion, cooking until pork is crisp. Add  cumin seeds, garlic and black pepper. Drain beans; add to pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 2 hours until beans are tender. Add salt. Drain any remaining oil.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil, salt pork and onions in a small skillet and cook until pork is crisp. Add to beans and serve.

Refried bean variation: Reserve cooking liquid. Heat remaining oil, salt pork and onions in a large skillet until pork is crisp. Add drained beans and mash with a wooden spoon to desired consistency. Add reserved liquid until mixture is creamy.

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