Summer Baked Beans

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Crushed red pepper, paprika, mint, and balsamic vinegar recall the eastern Mediterranean. You also can use a quick-soak method: Cover the beans with water, and bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes, remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour. To make a day or two ahead, prepare the beans up to the point of baking, and refrigerate. The day of the cookout, bring to a simmer on the stovetop, then bake.
10 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)


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1 pound dried pinto beans
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
9 cups water
2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped red bell pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups chopped tomato
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


Sort and wash beans, and place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours or overnight. Drain beans.

Combine beans and crushed red pepper in pan; add water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/4 hours or until beans are tender. Drain in a colander over a bowl. Reserve 1 cup cooking liquid; discard remaining cooking liquid. Return beans and reserved cooking liquid to pan. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt. Remove from heat; keep warm.

Preheat oven to 325°.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and 3/4 teaspoon salt; cover and cook 15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add bell pepper and garlic; cook 1 1/2 minutes or until bell pepper is crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Add tomato; cook 1 1/2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, mint, paprika, and black pepper. Add onion mixture and 1/2 teaspoon salt to bean mixture, stirring well to combine. Cover and bake at 325° for 1 hour. Stir in vinegar.

Created date

July 2004

Nutritional Information

Calories 247
Caloriesfromfat 13 %
Fat 3.6 g
Satfat 0.5 g
Monofat 2.1 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 11.1 g
Carbohydrate 45 g
Fiber 13.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 3.5 mg
Sodium 543 mg
Calcium 82 mg