A simple can of tomatoes with green chiles gives a spirited kick to pinto beans cooked slow with ham, garlic, and brown sugar.
Use cooked bacon in place of ham. Or make the beans without meat for a vegetarian dish.
Because tomatoes are acidic, they keep beans from fully cooking to a tender texture. Be sure to add tomatoes - and any other acidic ingredients such as lemon juice or vinegar - at the end of the cooking time for the beans.
Try these beans with Speedy Enchilada Bake.
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