Prep Time:
20 Mins
Cook Time:
1 Hour 30 Mins
Makes 6 servings

Cooked beans freeze beautifully, so you can make a double batch to enjoy later.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Add onion, garlic, and bay leaf; cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until onion is tender.

Step 2

Add bell pepper; cook, stirring often, 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, if desired, and cook, stirring often, 3 minutes.

Step 3

Add chicken broth and butterbeans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.

Step 4

Uncover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring often. Stir in salt and next 3 ingredients. Cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf. Sprinkle with cooked bacon.

Criolla's, Grayton Beach, Florida

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