4 cups dried pinto beans, washed and drained
8 cups water
1/2 pound salt pork
2 to 4 tablespoons chili powder, depending on taste
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, depending on taste
Salt to taste
Bring beans and water to a boil.
Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour.
Add salt pork and simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until beans are tender and water is almost absorbed.
While beans are cooking, remove scum from top and stir occasionally.
Remove salt pork and stir in enough chili powder, hot pepper sauce, and salt to give beans a spicy flavor.
Beans can be prepared ahead of time and reheated.