1 1/2 pounds pinto beans
2 teaspoons chili powder 
1 teaspoon ground cumin 
1/2 teaspoon paprika 
1/4 teaspoon cayenne 
3 thick-cut slices of bacon, cut into thirds 
3 cloves garlic 
2 bay leaves 
1 medium onion, diced 
1 red bell pepper, diced 
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Step 1
Put the beans in a large bowl, cover with cold water and let soak overnight.

Step 2
Drain and rinse the beans, then put them in a large pot. Cover the beans with water and add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, bacon, garlic, bay leaves, onion, bell pepper and some salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook until the beans are tender, 2 to 3 1/2 hours.