I have tried them on the stove top (soaking the beans, then boiling all day, and then cooking all the other ingredients followed by blending and smushing) and it was too much work. I did it twice on a day my hubby was at work and I was bored. Def. not a good match for a working mama or a mama with a life, which if you have kids then you qualify as both a mama and having a busy, busy life!
Even married with no kids - it's too much work for what you get.
BUT, NOT ANYMORE!
I have the easiest recipe (and quickest). It took me literally 5 minutes to do total.
Package of Pinto Beans
Crock Pot (I use a Cuisinart 6.5 Qt. Crock Pot because it's the only one that doesn't have lead that I found)
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
4-6 cloves Garlic (I use about 6 cloves - I LOVE Garlic)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
OPTIONAL: 2 Jalapeno Peppers (We make it without because of our son and then when we go to eat we slice up one jalapeno cook it in some coconut oil and mix in the finished beans before eating. Too hot for our son!)
Step 1: Pour Pinto beans (dried, fresh - not canned) into a strainer and rinse beans.
**The reason I use filtered water is because the beans soak up the water to sort of re hydrate and release their gases (which, fyi, releases the amount of gases when you eat them too!). Filtered water doesn't have the Cholorine, Flouride, and other nasty stuff tap has. I have a 4 stage osmosis system that I bought from US Water Systems.
Step 4: Dice the onions, coarsley chop the garlic, and slick the jalapeno (optional). Add to crock pot.
Step 5: Put about a teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons chili powder, and 1 tablespoon cumin into the crock pot.
Step 6: Fill the Crock Pot until the water just covers the beans. Give a quick stir (nothin' fancy).
Step 7: Put the crock pot on low and let it go! :)
After the beans are done.
Step 9: EAT! We like ours in burritoes, on chips for nachos, on rice with some peas, carrots, and sour cream (and cheese sometimes)... It is delicious and super quick and easy!