Monday, January 12, 2009

Billy Beans

This is a historic recipe in my family, which came to us via my step-brother-in-law's college roommate, Billy (that is probably the longest source for a recipe ever). My family has made it vegetarian, but it tastes great with browned ground beef or turkey added in as well, for those of you meatatarians out there. A traditional "Guest Dinner" in my childhood was Billy Beans, rice and grilled tri-tip (a specialty out here in Central CA), but just the beans and rice are a very filling meal. It is ridiculously simple and cheap to prepare.

Billy Beans
2 16 oz jars of your favorite salsa (we use Ortega, one mild, one medium)
2 15 oz cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
(this ratio makes about 6 servings, but can be adjusted as needed)

Put the above ingredients into a crockpot and mix well. Cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with hot rice and top with cheddar cheese, if desired. Also good served over a baked potato.
Nutrition Info for Billy Beans: Calories: 195, Fat: .4g (.1 Sat, .3 Poly, 0 Mono), Carbs: 36.1 g, Fiber: 10.1 g

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