The Legendary Beans of Tasty Awesomeness

Legendary Beans of Tasty Awesomeness


Didn’t you know dinosaurs eat beans?  Well, in my house they do.

10 yo Ninja Boy named these beans.  He likes them.  A lot. And I guess dinosaurs like them too.  With a name like Legendary Beans of Tasty Awesomeness, how could you not like them?  It gets 3 out of 4 thumbs up.  One of them just thinks they are just Average Beans of Ok Mediocre-ness.

This is another recipe I feel a little silly writing out because it’s so simple.  So simple, Ninja Boy will make this for himself when I’m feeling lazy.  I had to pay attention to how much I put in because it’s normally just thrown together, no measuring.  But for those who don’t feel comfortable with just throwing in herbs and spices, this is about how much of each.  If you like lots of chili powder, feel free to add more.

You can use canned beans or soak and cook your own.  And you can use whole beans or mashed refried beans.  I just use what I have though the kids tend to like the refried bean version the best. The best part about this recipe is that it is filling.  If you have preteen/teen boys, you know how much they can eat.

Serve as taco filling, with chips, atop rice or by themselves.

The Legendary Beans of Tasty Awesomeness (serves 6 normal appetites)

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (butter or lard)
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine (sub 1 tsp onion powder if kids don’t like onion chunks)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (or powder is fine)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
  • 2 cans pinto beans (4 cups) drained and rinsed if using whole beans

Melt oil in pan over medium heat.  Saute onions and garlic until soft. (3-5 mins)  Add chili powder, cumin and oregano and saute until fragrant (about 2 mins).

Add ground beef and saute until well browned.  Stir in beans and heat through (about 5-7 mins).

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