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Santa Maria Pinto Beans

Pinquito beans, which are native to the Santa Maria Valley, are an authentic accompaniment to the Santa Maria Tri-Tip, but common pintos make for an outstanding side dish, too.

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Rendering is a simple technique used to melt fat from diced meat (traditionally slab bacon). The result — small, crisp bits known as lardons.


Cook bacon in a saucepan over medium heat until crisp and fat is rendered, pouring off and reserving drippings as needed. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate.

Add 1 Tbsp. drippings back to pan, stir in poblano, onions, garlic, and cumin; cook over medium-high heat until softened, 3–5 minutes.

Stir in beans, tomatoes, and bacon. Reduce heat to medium and cook beans until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro and lime juice; season beans with salt and pepper.

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