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       Title: Frijoles a la Charra (Savory Beans)
  Categories: Mexican, Beans, Peppers, Side dish, Soups
       Yield: 6 servings
  
       1 c  Pink beans, dried; or pinto
     1/4 lb Pork rind, fresh; cut into
            ;small squares
     1/4    Onion; sliced
       2 cl Garlic; finely chopped
   1 1/4 ts Salt
     1/4 lb Bacon; cut into small pieces
       2 tb Lard; or pork drippings
       2 md Tomato; peeled, seeded and
            ;chopped, juice strained and
            ;reserved
       3    Serrano chilies; stemmed and
            ;finely chopped
       2 lg Coriander sprigs
  
     Put the beans, pork-rind squares, onion and garlic into a bean pot
   or large saucepan.  Add 6 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
   Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and let the beans cook gently until
   they are tender, about 1 1/2 hours.  Add the salt and cook the beans,
   uncovered, for another 15 minutes.
     In a separate pan, cook the bacon gently in the lard or drippings
   until it is slightly browned.  Add the tomatoes with their juice, and
   stir in the chilies and coriander.  Cook the tomato mixture over a
   fairly high heat for about 10 minutes, until it is well seasoned and
   thick.
     Add the tomato mixture to the beans and let everything cook,
   uncovered, over low heat for about 15 minutes.
     Serve in small individual bowls with grilled meat, or add some more
   liquid and serve as a soup.  misc04
   
   Source: Diana Kennedy; The Cuisines of Mexico
   
   MMed by: earl.cravens@salata.com
   
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