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Spicy Orange Black and Pinto Bean Soup


1 lb Pinto Beans, dried
1 lb Black Beans, dried
1 or 2 tsp Sage, dried
1 Tbsp Oregano, dried
1 tsp Cilantro, dried
5-6 Bay Leaves
12 Cups Water

8 Cloves Garlic
2 Onions, large
2 Chipotle Peppers
6 oz. Orange Juice Concentrate

1-6 oz Can Tomato Paste
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We start this soup the night before and prepare it in a large slow cooker (crock-pot) with cover.

Sort out any unwanted material (small stones or soil particles, etc.) from the dried pinto and black beans. Rinse beans and place in slow cooker set on �high.� Add the sage, oregano, cilantro, and bay leaves.

We heat the 12 cups of water in our microwave oven, 2 cups at a time, adding it to the beans in the slow cooker.

Before retiring for the night, stir beans and check to make sure the beans are covered with enough hot water. Add more water, if necessary. Reduce heat to �low.�

In the morning, stir beans, and check water level, adding more if desired. Set heat to �high.�

Peel and clean garlic cloves and onions. Remove stems from chipotle peppers. Place garlic, onions, chipotle peppers, and orange juice concentrate in blender. Run covered blender at �high� until contents are creamy. Pour the contents into a microwaveable dish or pot.  Rinse out the blender container with a little water and add to the dish.  Heat to boiling and add contents to slow cooker and mix in.

Add tomato paste and stir well. Continue to cook until beans are very soft.  We mash some of the softened beans against the bottom of the slow cooker with a spoon or potato masher and mix well to have a thicker consistency.

Serve with a large tossed salad and enjoy!

The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31):  'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so.   God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV)  Let no animal suffer or die that we may live! 

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