Pinto Beans and Ham Hock

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  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • Water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups dried pinto beans
  • 1 cup onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place ham hock and salt in large Dutch oven or saucepot. Add enough water to cover. Cook ham, covered, over moderately high heat until water comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 30 minutes.
  2. Add beans, onion and pepper to ham and cook, covered, for approximately 3 1/2 hours or until beans are tender.
  3. Remove meat from the ham bone and serve a little of the meat with each serving.