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Good Beans for Hard Times

Updated on February 16, 2017

Beans - good food on a budget

Beans good food on a tight budget
Beans good food on a tight budget | Source

Good beans for small budgets

We all wonder at some time, what to fix for dinner. Something tasty that won't break the bank. We can call it a recession or slow times, but we still have to come up with good meals. You can never go wrong, with a well seasoned, delicious pot of beans. There are so many varieties, you mix and blend flavors and try different types of meat.

If you're a vegetarian, they are great meatless. And full of fiber, and very satisfying and filling. A toss salad, a bowl of rice, cornbread or crackers, completes this meal in a nice way. You have a wonderfully inexpensive, hearty meal that will please you and your family. Beans freeze well, in plastic containers and microwave nicely. I hope you'll enjoy this recipe for, Beans in Hard Times, they're good in good times too!

Good Beans

1 lb. pk pinto beans

2 three- four oz. Hillshire Farms (or similar) smoked turkey or beef sausages

1 tbs. chili powder

A half teaspoon of each salt and black pepper

One drop pure vegetable oil

1/4 cup chopped yellow onion

1 tbs. chopped bell pepper

1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar (for garnish)

1 lb. can Hormel chili (or similar)

1/2 tsp. seasoning salt

Pam or other cooking spray

Wash pinto beans, and and remove any small stones or bad beans, from the bowl. Place the beans in a pot, about a 2 quart pot, fill halfway with water. Add all the dry seasonings such as, salts and pepper along with the drop of oil. Turn the brings on a high flame, or burner bring to a boil for twenty minutes, in a covered pot. Cut the burner off, let the beans soak for one hour. When you are done soaking the beans, turn the burner on again. Cook them on low to medium heat for two and a half to three hours. After the beans have cooked for an hour and a half, open the can of store bought chili. Skim any orange grease, that may have settled, off the top. Cut the smoke sausage, into equal pieces. Warm meat in a pan you've lightly sprayed with Pam. Add the chopped, onions and bell peppers, lightly brown.

When your sausage and peppers are lightly brown, use a paper towel to soak up any grease. Add them to the bean pot. Cook the beans, stirring for another hour to hour and a half. Let the beans sit for about ten minutes, after removing from heat. Serve in bowls, garnish with sprinkles of cheddar. Good with cornbread, or crackers, a toss salad and rice. Please enjoy your beans! This is a wonderfully hearty meal, that's under ten dollars. You can also use red beans or black beans; they may be best soaked overnight.

Warm, Hearty Meals - Little Money

Good, Nourishing Beans
Good, Nourishing Beans | Source

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How to Cook Beans, Basic Bean Cooking - by Judith Kingsbury

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    Qmarpat 2 years ago from Northern,California

    Thank you!!!!

  • Victoria Lynn profile image

    Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Beans are always good! And filling and cheap. Your recipe looks very tasty!

  • Qmarpat profile image

    Qmarpat 5 years ago from Northern,California

    Thank You!!

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    This sounds really good. I look forward to trying your recipe. Thanks for sharing and Welcome to HubPages.