Frijoles (Mexican Beans)
With a sharp knife, make several slashes into, but not all the way through, the salt pork.
Pour off soaking water and add fresh water to cover by at least one inch. Add the salt pork, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Simmer on low heat at least 4 hours or until water is absorbed and mixture is thick. Correct seasonings, if necessary. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell
People in areas with hard water can cook their beans till the cows come home, and the beans will still be tough or not thoroughly done. If you have that problem, add a scant 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to the cooking water, and you will have one less problem.
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