*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                               Cowboy Pintos
 
 Recipe By     : Sheila Lukins Feb 96 - Parade “The New Main Dish”
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :2:00
 Categories    : A-New-Main-Dish
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    8      ounces        dried pinto beans
    2      tablespoons   olive oil
    1      large         onion -- diced
    4      cloves        garlic -- finely minced
    3                    carrots -- cut in 1/2 pieces
    2      stalks        celery -- cut in 1/2 pieces
   28      ounces        canned tomatoes -- chopped
                         juices reserved in a measuring cup
    6      cups          water
    2      sprigs        fresh thyme
      1/2  teaspoon      dried oregano
    2      sprigs        cilantro -- tied
      1/4  cup           chopped cilantro
                         pepper
                         cooked rice or barley -- optional
 
      [1] Sort and wash beans. Soak overnight, covered with 2 inches of
 water.  Rinse several times and drain.  Set aside.
 Add fresh cilantro, parsley, and/or basil at the very end.
      [2] Place oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-low heat.  Add the
 onion and cook 10 minutes or until wilted.  Add garlic during last 2
 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Add carrots, celery and reserved drained beans.
      [3] Add tomatoes and 1/2 cup of the reserved tomato juices, water,
 thyme and oregano.  Stir in the cilantro sprigs.  Bring to a boil, reduce
 the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for about 1 1/2 hours or until
 beans are tender but not mushy, skimmy any foam that rises to the surface.
 Remove tied cilantro and add freshly chopped cilantro; season with pepper to
 taste.  Make sure the beans are softened to your satisfaction before adding
 salt.
      [4] Serve over white rice or barley.
 
      Serve 6:  per 1/6 233 cals, 38 g carbs, 10 g prot, 6 g fat, no chol.
 
 
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 NOTES : Pinto-pony beans.  Substitute Anasazi from New Mexico. Both turn
 pink after soaking.  Do not add salt until the end of cooking or the beans
 won't become tender as they cook.  No bouillon, either.