Hot Pants Beans

1 lb. dried pinto beans Cold water 2 medium onions, chopped 6 thick slices bacon, chopped 1 t. salt 1 can tomatoes (16 oz) or tomatoes with chilies, if you like them hot, both optional 1 t. sugar (optional)

Wash and pick over beans. Put them in a bowl and over with cold water several inches above the beans. Allow to soak overnight. Drain and put the beans in large pot with the same amount of cold water as before. Add the onions, bacon and the salt. Add the optional tomatoes and sugar if desired. Allow to simmer 2 hours. Watch to see that the water does not boil away completely. If needed, add a little boiling water from time to time. If too much water remains at the end of boiling, boil down quickly to remove the excess. Taste the beans after 1 hour of cooking and add more salt if needed. Serves 6 Source: My Old Recipes

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