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Cajun Pinto Beans

1 Small bag pinto beans, washed and picked through
1/4 c Flour
1/4 c Bacon grease
1 lg Onion, chopped
6 Clo Garlic, chopped
1/2 c Celery, chopped
1 Bay leaf
1/4 c Chili powder
2 T Ground cumin
1 cn Ro-Tel tomatoes w/chiles
Salt to taste
2 lb Ham hock or salt pork

Optional:
Chopped cilantro


Pick through pinto beans and wash. Soak 1 small bag pinto beans overnight in cold water and 1 tbsp of baking soda. Rinse beans and cook for 1 hour. Change water and add 1 tbsp baking soda again. Cook for another hour or two and change water for last time, add baking soda and cook till done.


Roux: Fry 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup bacon grease into dark roux (color of cocoa). Add and stir the following until wilted: 1 large chopped onion, 5 or 6 cloves chopped garlic, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1 bay leaf, and cilantro. Add 1/4 cup chili powder, 2 tablespoons ground cumin, 1 can Ro-tel tomatoes with chilies and salt to taste. May be cooked with a 2 pound ham hock or salt pork.


Using this roux adds a truly great flavor to pinto beans. Serve with a double batch of your favorite cornbread.


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