2 lbs dried pinto beans (about 4 cups)
6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped (can substitute garlic powder)
3 large onions, diced (can substitute dried onions)
1 TB salt
1 TB pepper
Cayenne Pepper sprinkle to taste
Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
1/2 lb chopped bacon or ham hock (you can leave the meat out, but my family prefers them this way)
Sort, rinse and soak beans overnight in a large pot.
In the morning, drain, rinse and fill pot with new water and bring to a boil on high heat while stirring in all other ingredients.
Reduce heat to medium, but keep it boiling. You can further reduce the heat after 2 hours or so, when the beans begin to soften, keeping it at a low boil.
Stir throughout the day every 20 minutes or so, adding water when needed so they don't stick to the pot.
The longer they cook, the softer and yummier they get.
You can also combine all ingredients in the crock pot and let them cook all day as well. Enjoy with a salad and some bread and you have dinner, and good leftovers too!