MeasureIngredient
2 cupsOf dried beans (I prefer black (turtle) or pinto beans; although chili; kidney, navy and most other beans work quite well)
8 cupsCold bottled water
5 mediumsOnions; finely chopped
8Cloves garlic; crushed (up to)
4 tablespoonsSliced; bottled jalapeno peppers; finely chopped, or more if you want a very “hot” version
1Fresh lime; juice and pulp of
1 tablespoonCommercial chili powder
½ teaspoonCayanne pepper; more if you want scorching beans
1½ teaspoonSalt (up to)
15Twists on a pepper mill of black pepper
10Good “squirts” of Crystal or Frank’s Louisiana hot sauce (or tabasco; or your favorite. I like Crystall’s Extra-hot)
1 can(6-oz) tomato paste
3 tablespoonsDe-fatted chicken stock for sauteing

Below is a recipe for fat free “chili” or “ranch” beans. This recipe was developed with the same technique used in the creation of the “Fat Free Marinara Sauce”, namely replace fat with taste… I love to make a few quarts of these beans, and then use them over the course of a month. They make a complete meal when mixed with rice (I like basmatti) and topped with fresh, homemade salsa (I will send that recipe along in the future). These beans are so tasty that you will never miss the fat or meat, and they will become a favorite. These beans work well with rice and salsa, or in burritos, tacos, enchiladas, etc. Your fat gorging family and/or friends will never suspect that no fat has been added. They are tasty, healthy, cheap to make, and freeze quite well. Enjoy, Matthew Process:

1. Saute chopped onions for about ten minutes using chicken stock. Add crushed garlic and jalapenos and saute for five more minutes. Saute until mixture is lightly carmelized. Be certain not to burn garlic or peppers.

2. Inspect beans for any foreign debris. Remove debris and wash under cold tap in a collandar. Drain throughly.

3. Bring eight cups of bottled water to a rolling boil in a large sauce pan or pressure cooker. Add washed, dried beans, cover pan and remove from heat.

NOTE: Do not heat water at this point if using a pressure cooker.

4. Allow beans to steep for one hour. No need to soak overnight as this causes the beans to ferment, imparting a bitter taste. Do NOT change water at this point, or a loss of taste will result. NOTE: Skip this step if using a pressure cooker.

5. Add onion/garlic/jalapeno pepper mixture to the bean and water. Add all remaining seasonings and ingredients to the sauce pan. Mix THROUGHLY with a wooden spoon.

6. Cover beans and simmer on very low heat for 2½ hours, or pressure cook at high pressure setting for 55 minutes. Stir beans occasionaly when using a conventional sauce pan. 7. Allow beans to cool to room temperature and then freeze or refrigerate.

8. Allow beans to develop for at least 24 hours in refrigerator. They keep for at least two weeks in my refrigerator, and months in the freezer if properly packaged for storage.