A variation of chili con carne with beans

I got this recipe from A Primer on Bean Cookery by the California Dry Bean Council and other organizations.


(Makes 5 to 6 cups)


  1. Rinse and wash beans. Soak using either slow soak or quick soak. For slow soak, submerge beans in 6 cups of cold water salted to taste and soak 6-8 hours or overnight, unrefrigerated. For quick soak, submerge beans in 6 to 8 cups of hot water salted to taste. Bring to a boil, boil 3 minutes, remove from heat, and soak 1 hour. Whichever method you choose, make sure you use a pot large enough to let the beans expand 2 1/2 times, and drain and rinse the beans after soaking.
  2. Put the beans in a large pot. Add boiling water, garlic, onion, salt, thyme, and marjoram. Cover and simmer until the beans are tender (2 1/2 to 3 hours). Don't let beans boil dry. Add hot water as needed.
  3. Spoon out 3 cups of the cooked beans to use another day in another way. Mash the rest of the beans with their liquid. Add remaining ingredients, plus 1 cup of hot water. Heat at least 10 minutes to blend flavors.


I'm not sure why the recipe doesn't call for you to cook a smaller quantity of beans, rather than spooning out the cooked beans. The pamphlet says that you can make the excess beans into a salad by covering them with French dressing and refrigerating. I think they're trying to sell more beans.

Chili powder is a spice from Texas and Mexico consisting mainly of ground dried chili peppers.

Green chili salsa is a Mexican condiment made from hot green chilies, onions, vinegar, salt, and other ingredients.

The slow soak method gives beans a better texture. Since these beans will be mashed, it won't make much difference, unless you're concerned about those 3 extra cups of cooked beans you will make into a salad.


Difficulty: Easy
Time: 3 to 3 1/2 hours when done by the quick-soak method, overnight if slow-soak.
Precision: No need to measure.


Jeff Lichtman 
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Recipe last modified: 14 Mar 86

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