Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)

Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the rinsed and sorted beans to your pressure cooker, add the 4 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of cooking oil, the oil is to prevent the beans from foaming. Depending on your size of pressure cooker, do not fill more than halfway.
  2. Place the lid on the cooker and lock closed. Place on high heat until the pressure cooker comes to full pressure, meaning the jiggler is moving and making some noise, this is when you start timing. Turn the heat to low but maintain full pressure. Time the beans for 22 to 27 minutes depending on if like them firm or softer. (I time for 25 minutes.)
  3. While the beans are cooking, heat a non stick skillet and cook the ground beef until cooked through, drain the beef well and set aside. Photo shows the beef cooking while the pressure cooker is working on the beans.
  4. Same pan, heat a splash of oil and cook the onion until starting to turn brown, then add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes,
  5. Then add the oregano, cumin, and dried cilantro and cook for about 2 minutes more. Set aside.
  6. I added a variant, I used a handful of Shiitake mushrooms, photo shows before I removed the stems and chopped them.
  7. Saute the chopped mushrooms until starting to brown up. Set aside.
  8. After the time is up on the pressure cooker, turn off the heat and move to another unused burned. Allow the cooker to release pressure normally, about 10-15 minutes.
  9. When the pressure is fully released, open and ladle out 1 cup of liquid, set that liquid aside, drain the beans in a colander and rinse well and return the beans and the 1 cup of liquid from the beans, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes with liquid, the cooked beef, onion mixture, and mushrooms if using, to the cooker.
  10. Close and lock the pressure cooker lid and bring to high pressure and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let pressure release naturally, about 10-15 minutes.
  11. When it is safe to open, remove the lid and stir in the spring onion and most, not all, of the fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Return to heat without the cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  12. Serve and sprinkle the remaining cilantro on each bowl for garnish.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 120 Baht for 500 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 88 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Saute a handful of chopped mushrooms and add to the cooker after adding the beef and onion. 2. Use mushroom stock instead of chicken stock. 3. Replace the cilantro with chopped celery tops or parsley.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew is courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen.

Pinto Beans (Pressure Cooker)

Pinto Beans (Pressure Cooker)
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I used a stove top pressure cooker to make these on 28 Dec 2017, and I must say, the most flavorful pinto beans, I have ever eaten! No seasonings added, just beans, cooking oil, and water. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
22-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
22-25 minutes
Pinto Beans (Pressure Cooker)
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I used a stove top pressure cooker to make these on 28 Dec 2017, and I must say, the most flavorful pinto beans, I have ever eaten! No seasonings added, just beans, cooking oil, and water. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
22-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
22-25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain the beans, remove any bad beans or debris.
  2. Add beans, water, and oil to your pressure cooker. Depending on the size of your pressure cooker, do not fill more than the halfway mark. Cover and lock the lid and turn on heat to high.
  3. When the jiggler starts making noise, indicating full pressure, reduce heat to maintain full pressure, start timing. 22 to 25 minutes if you like firmer beans, and as long as 27 minutes for softer beans.
  4. Turn off the heat and move the cooker to an unused burner and do a natural release of pressure, just let the cooker sit until the lid lock drops indication no pressure. Carefully remove the jiggler keeping the top of the lid pointed away from you. When satisfied there is no pressure inside the cooker, unlock and remove the lid.
  5. Drain the beans and serve as a side dish or as a main dish like I do 🙂
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Damn Good Taco Soup

Damn Good Taco Soup
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This comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Several shortcuts to use for cost savings as well as preparing dried beans. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Damn Good Taco Soup
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This comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Several shortcuts to use for cost savings as well as preparing dried beans. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef in a medium sized pot, drain the fat, then add the water and the taco seasoning and mix together.
  2. Drain and rinse the canned beans and if using those, add beans to the pot, plus the corn, tomatoes, chilies, ranch dressing and stir everything together.
  3. Adjust the soup to your desired consistency with tomato juice. Simmer until hot and everything is heated through.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning, Ranch Dressing Mix, Fried Corn.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Collins.
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Sausage & Bean Casserole

Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. In a large oven proof pot, heat the olive oil, when hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes then the celery and bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Then add the sausages and cook for 5 minutes then stir in the garlic, paprika, cumin, and thyme.
  3. Add the wine, about a quarter bottle, tomatoes and beans. Stir, then cover and place in the oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes and a vegetable.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I buy sausage again. I will base the price on pork sausage only and not chorizo. I will say fair value for now.

Shortcut: Baked Beans.

Provided by Mick at Mick's Feckin Cook Book and the link to this recipe is here.
Scotland.

Hot Dog ‘n’ Bean Casserole

Hot Dog ‘n’ Bean Casserole
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Sounds great. Key thing is quality hot dogs. There is good Thai brands, imports are available in larger cities as well. To keep the costs down, go with a good Thai brand. Only five ingredients. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Hot Dog ‘n’ Bean Casserole
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Sounds great. Key thing is quality hot dogs. There is good Thai brands, imports are available in larger cities as well. To keep the costs down, go with a good Thai brand. Only five ingredients. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190 C. Grease Coat an 8 inch square baking dish lightly with butter.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the cheese, mix well then pour into the baking dish.
  3. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Remove foil, sprinkle the cheese on and bake 10 more minutes or until the cheese melted and just starting to brown.
  4. Serve with your favorite hotdog condiments, such as diced onion, dill relish, or even yellow mustard.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I purchase the good quality hotdogs. I will estimate this is low cost for now.

Shortcut: Baked Beans.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Lebanese Beef & Green Beans

Lebanese Beef & Green Beans
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Sounds great, green beans here would be long beans, perfect. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-60 minutes
Lebanese Beef & Green Beans
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Sounds great, green beans here would be long beans, perfect. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the butter and the oil. Add the onions and cook slowly until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Add the ground beef and crumble as it cooks. Stir in tomato sauce, Worcestershire, red wine, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a low simmer.
  2. Cover with lid and simmer for at least 20 minutes or up to an hour. About ten minutes before serving, add the green beans, stir and cover with lid once more. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht/500 grams of beef. For 6 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Pasta Sauce.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Classic Seasoned Black Beans

Classic Seasoned Black Beans
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Sounds like an excellent side dish, I'll have to make these.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
1-3 hours
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
1-3 hours
Classic Seasoned Black Beans
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Sounds like an excellent side dish, I'll have to make these.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
1-3 hours
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
1-3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place black beans in a large bowl and cover with at least two inches of water. Refrigerate and let soak overnight. Or, for a quick soak, add the beans to a large pot cover with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil, boil hard for 5 minutes, then remove from heat, cover, and let soak for an hour.
  2. Drain and rinse the soaked beans. Return them to the pot. Add in all the remaining ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the beans are tender. This will depend a lot on the age of your beans. Fresher beans will be ready in 45-60 minutes, older beans might take 2-3 hours. Start tasting around the 45 minute mark.
  4. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary, then remove beans using slotted spoon. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Wendy’s Chili

Wendy's Chili
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Chili always a great meal and this sounds very good. This can be made on the stove top or in a slow cooker. The beans can be cooked from dry beans the day before, or you can use canned beans in the standard size can. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Wendy's Chili
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Chili always a great meal and this sounds very good. This can be made on the stove top or in a slow cooker. The beans can be cooked from dry beans the day before, or you can use canned beans in the standard size can. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the garlic. Drain off most of the fat, not all.
  2. Put the beef and the remaining ingredients in a large pot, cover, and simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
  3. You can also cook this in a slow cooker on Low setting for 3-4 hours.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 200 Baht/1 kilo of beef. For 6 servings this is about 98 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Tomato Juice, Tomato Puree.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili II

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili II
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Sounds good, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili II
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Sounds good, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the beans, you can cook yourself the day before, or you can use canned beans that are rinsed and drained before use.
  2. Combine beans, salsa, tomato sauce, and chili powder in slow cooker. Top with chicken, onions, and corn. Do not stir. Cover and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 4 to 5 hours. Stir and serve topped with cheese if desired.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will cost about 60 Baht/750 grams. The cheese if used will cost about 90 Baht. For 8 servings, this is about 55 cents per serving if you prepare the beans from dry beans. If using canned beans, this is about 98 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Job’s Tears & Red Bean Soup

Job's Tears & Red Bean Soup
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I have never had Job's Tears or red beans, so one way to solve that is to try a recipe. This is very straight forward.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Job's Tears & Red Bean Soup
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I have never had Job's Tears or red beans, so one way to solve that is to try a recipe. This is very straight forward.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the beans and put in a pot with water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium and cook for about an hour or to your desired softness. When serving, add honey or sugar to taste if preferred.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.