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Tiffany's Saloon Bean Pot Soup

"This soup probably was the best known item served at Tiffany's Saloon in Cerillos, New Mexico. The saloon, operating in the Territorial period, was one block east of the hotel where Governor Lew Wallace finished writing his famous "Ben Hur". Tiffany's burned to the ground March 15, 1977. This recipe was made public by the restaurant."

Recipe Ingredients


  1. Soak the beans in water overnight in a large Dutch oven.
  2. Drain and return to the pot. Add 4 cups fresh water and remaining ingredients, except for the sherry. Bring to a boil, cover and cook slowly until the beans are tender, about 3 hours.
  3. Stir in the sherry and serve in generous soup bowls topped with chopped scallions if desired.

Serves 8 to 10


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