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Triple T Pinto Beans

Tucson's Triple T truck stop at Interstate 10 and Exit 268 is represented by its Triple T Pinto Beans and Omar's Taco Soup. The soup has become legendary with drivers who frequent the restaurant. Triple T - the Tucson Truck Terminal - opened during the summer of 1954 on the north side of U.S. Highway 80 and moved 12 years later to 5451 E. Benson Highway. Omar Ramirez is the chef.

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  • 12 pounds pinto beans 1 kitchen spoon ham base
  • 1 pound bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 2 kitchen spoons oregano
  • 3 chopped onions
  • Salt to taste


  1. Pick beans clean of rocks and thoroughly rinse. Place in a clean plastic container and soak overnight
  2. Place beans in a large stockpot, add the ham base, bacon, oregano, onions and salt. Cover with water plus one gallon. Bring to a boil and simmer for three hours. Skim as needed. Cook and place in clean containers, add the bean juice to cover.

Serves 50.

Posted by Tiffany at Recipe Goldmine 9:54:53am 3/27/03.