Q: I visited an amazing authentic Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo and they served whole pinto beans as a side dish that were so delicious I cannot stop thinking about them.
I asked my friend whose grandmother makes homestyle authentic Mexican food how she prepares them. She said something about cooking in chicken broth with garlic but she wasn't sure. The pinto beans were soft but not mushy and had just wonderful flavor.
Sent by Kelly
Editor: Kelly, we would suggest taking a look through our basic instructions on how to cook beans, and giving that a try. You could sauté a little garlic in olive oil, add the dried beans, then simmer in chicken stock, as your friend's grandmother suggested. Also, make sure to use high-quality dried beans from Rancho Gordo or another heirloom source.
Readers, any tips for Kelly?
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