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  Dried pinto beans/Null 1 Pound, washed and drained (Null)
  Water/Null 1 Quart (Null)
  Onions/Null 2 Medium, chopped (Null)
  Vegetable oil/Vegetable shortening 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Null)
  Freshly ground black pepper/Null To Taste (Null)
  Salt/Null To Taste (Null)

Measure the beans and water into a large saucepan and place over a high heat.
Bring the water to the boil, cover the pan, turn off the heat and let the beans soak for 1 1/2 hours.
Add the onions to the beans.
Bring the liquid to a boil again, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the beans are very tender, for about 2 1/2-3 hours.
Replace any water that is lost through evaporation.
When the beans are very soft, mash them up (or use a blender) and add the vegetable oil, salt and pepper.

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