Wow Thirdeye - those beans look great.
I got to thinkin' more about it.... I think Pinto Beans being the "star" and many people prefering them with only a hunk of salt pork ties into the settlers. That is, my great grandparents actually came to Oklahoma during the land run. Many people at that time lived in dugouts and sod houses. In other words, they didn't have all the fixin's for Third Eyes beans. (Damn those look good!!!) A pot of beans and some corn break cooked in a skillet was as good as it got.
You can take the man out of the country, but you can't the country out of the man.