I was inspired by the recipe in Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook (also on her blog here) to make this for dinner Monday. Except I didn’t make her cornbread recipe; I used the Marie Callender’s mix. And I didn’t use her spices for the beans, I used Melanie’s. And dinner was great. We topped the beans with cheese, avocado, salsa and sour cream. This is a cheap, healthy easy dinner. I can’t believe I’ve just discovered it.
I took 3 cups of beans and washed them well before putting them in a big pot and covering them with water (about 2″ above the beans). Then I covered the pot and let the beans simmer all afternoon, adding water if needed. Right before serving, I added 3 tsp EACH chili powder, salt, and onion powder, 1 1/2 t paprika, and 3/4 teaspoons EACH cumin and garlic powder. Stir it up well, slop it into bowls and top it with whatever you’d put on chili.