1 20 ounce bag 16 bean (or greater) mix 1 can tomato juice coarsely chopped fresh garlic to taste garlic powder red pepper flakes black pepper dry french fry seasoning or kosher salt dried basil 1 Tablespoon olive oil (optional)
Bean Mix refers to those sixteen bean or twenty one bean mixes you buy at the grocery store. This will work with any dried bean but generally the more types of bean, the better.
Hot-soak beans by bringing to a boil then simmering for one hour.
Put water in beans and drain, add more water and boil, adding red pepper, black pepper, oil and french fry seasoning. Simmer for about two hours or until beans are soft. ‘Gravy’ will probably form. This is good. Add garlic and simmer a bit longer, then turn off heat. Add garlic powder, basil and tomato sauce. Stir well.
This recipe made me many good meals living out in the wilds of Nevada. Yes, you can make it over an open fire in a big pot.