Meatless Dinner #1

Over the weekend I decided to try a new recipe, from Pioneer Woman, Spicy beans.  I have been looking for a few meatless recipes that might also be hearty enough to satisfy my meat and potatoes husband.  This one looked delicious and easy.  My husband will tell you that it is pretty much impossible for me to follow a recipe, so as usual it was based on her recipe, but I did as follows:

1 bag of pinto beans, soaked overnight in cold water                                                            2 cans diced tomatoes, chili style with seasoning, plus 2 cans water                            1 onion diced                                                                                                                                            1 red bell pepper diced                                                                                                                        Healthy amount of salt and pepper, I didn’t add quite enough salt to mine    Several dashes of Worcestershire                                                                                        Chili Powder and cayenne to taste, ours was not very spicy                                Smoked ham product, I think mine was a shoulder bone of some kind

Add all of this together in the crock pot, give it a stir and put it on low for 8-10 hours.  The longer it cooks, the better the flavor.  We served it over buttermilk cornbread, with cheddar cheese, sour cream and fritos as toppers.  A delicious and hearty meat free dinner that got the thumbs up from my husband and my dad, both big meat eaters, success!


1 thought on “Meatless Dinner #1

  1. That sounds really good. I am so intrigued by this Pionner Woman site. Hearing a lot about it. After reading this Mom’s Guide to Caring for Little Teeth (, I have been inspired to look for more homemade recipes instead of the processed, sugary foods that have typically made up our menu. Thanks for meatless idea!

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