I have 3 first place pinto trophies at comps of 50+ teams. Simple flavorful is what wins IMO. We always do top 10. Usually 2 lbs of pintos must be checked in
J$ pinto recipe
2 lbs casserole brand pinto beans, sorted picked and rinsed. I do not soak or quick boil and strain my beans. I feel the flavor of the bean cooked into the broth gives extra flavor and could care less if they give people Gas.
2 ham shanks
1/2 cup bolster fiesta pinto seasoning
1/2 cup knorr caldo de tomate
1 tbs fresh mixed garlic
1 finely chopped Vidalia onion
2 tbs of high quality fish sauce (red boat #40)
2 dried guajillo pepper pods
Enough water to cover by 1"
Let the crock pot do the rest, usually about 6-8 hrs on high.
Add fresh cilantro leaves to taste 1 hr before turn in