Pinto Beans, Cooking

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Pinto Beans, Cooking


1 lb. Pinto Beans, dry
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We prefer to cook our own pinto beans as they contain none of the salt or other additives found in most canned pinto beans, and they cost much less, which is better for both our pocket books and health.

If we are going to use the cooked pinto beans on our salads and in another recipe, we usually double this recipe.

Some people believe that it is better to soak the pinto beans in water in the refrigerator over night, drain them, and then cook them in the morning. From our experience, it seems to make no difference if we simply cook them without presoaking.

No matter which way you choose, begin by carefully inspecting, cleaning and washing the pinto beans in a colander.

The pinto beans can be cooked either in a covered slow cooker over night on low heat, or in a covered pot on the stovetop.

Placed the washed pinto beans in the slow cooker or pot.

Add 5 cups of water for every pound of pinto beans.

If cooking in a slow cooker, cover, and set the cooker to low, and in about 6 to 8 hours they should be cooked. Mix and taste a couple of them to make sure they are tender, and continue cooking if necessary, or if all the water has all been absorbed, and they are are the dry side, add a little more water. When the are cooked, turn off the heat.

If cooking in a pot on the stovetop (as shown in the photo), start by bringing the water to boiling on high heat, and then immediately lower the heat to simmer and cover the pot, and let simmer for about two to three hours, mixing occasionally, and adding water if necessary to just cover the pinto beans.  When they are tender, turn off the heat.

Cooked pinto beans are great on salads, for making a wide variety of Tex-Mex and soup recipes.

Leftovers can be stored in the covered pot, or in another covered container in the refrigerator for a few days.


Ingredients Information

Beans, Pinto

Utensils and Equipment Information


Crock Pot

Measuring Cup, Liquid

Pot, Glass

Spoon, Large Mixing