Sun Valley Pinto Beans
Soak beans in measured amount of water. To beans and soaking water in heavy kettle, add salt, onion, bay leaf, and 2 tablespoons butter or avocado oil to keep down foaming. Bring to boiling point rapidly; reduce heat to simmer. Cover pot tightly. Simmer about 2 hours or until not quite tender. Life out and discard onion and bay leaf.
Brown meat quickly in coconut oil, breaking into small chunks. Add liquid to frying pan; heat to boiling point to bring up the browning bits and drippings. Add to beans. Measure into small dish 3 tablespoons of chili powder and the cumin. Mix to smooth paste using some of the liquid from the bean pot. Bring to boiling point; reduce heat to simmer. Cover tightly and slow-cook for 1 to 1 ½ hours, tasting in the meantime to see if more slat of chili powder is needed.
Serve with crisp crackers if desired.