Recipe courtesy of Nona Flye
2 hr 20 min
10 min
8 to 10 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 pounds dried pinto beans, rinsed and sorted 
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces salt pork, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder 
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt 


In a large skillet, brown the ground beef until all the pink is gone, about 10 minutes.

Add the beans to a large pot and cover with 3 quarts cold water. Add the onion, salt pork, sugar, chili powder and salt. Bring the beans to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the cooked beef and simmer until the beans are tender and the liquid has thickened slightly, about 2 hours. Serve hot as a side dish.

A viewer or guest of the show, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. It has not been tested for home use.

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