Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Yes, celebrate with fantastic food and our guest chef Rick Bayless is, of course, our go-to guy for inspiration and I started out by making a big pot of beans to go with our grilled Santa Maria-style sirloin tri-tip. Perfect beans make ahead and surprise, I made in them Instant Pot in under an hour, a simple bowl of beans that you can season as you like to bring lots of flavors to the pot of beans, but for me simple seasonings with a little bit of jalapeño pepper for me. My inspiration was from a Rick Bayless Cowboy bean recipe.

Ingredients for Instant pot Pinquitos beans:

1 pound of Pinquitos beans picked over
6 ounces cubed pancetta
1/2 of a large sweet onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 small can fire roasted tomatoes
1 or 2 seeded and diced jalapeño peppers
6 ounces tomato pure
1 tablespoon Coleman’s dry mustard
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon Chile powder
6 cups of water

Garnish with chopped cilantro, onions, and diced jalapeño

Sauté the cubed pancetta until crispy, remove crispy bits and reserve for garnish, otherwise leave it in the pot and sauté the onion until soft and then add the garlic. Add the rest of the ingredients and brig to a simmer, Place the lid on the pot and close valve, manually set for 35 minutes and allow the pressure to come down naturally. Release the valves and then taste the beans for doneness…I needed another 10 minutes and tested again and I had to add an additional 7 minutes for the doneness that we prefer. Not mushy, but a good tender bite for the beans.

Link to Rick’s recipe: https//www.rick Payless.com/recipe/cowboybeans/