Cooked Pinto Beans
Simple instructions for making delicious pintos from dried beans!
Dried pinto beans
1. Wash pinto beans in water. Sort out any rocks or other items, if needed. Be sure you're using beans that aren't too old, or they will never cook soft enough no matter how long you cook them!
2. Choose a soaking method:
Place washed beans in a large stock pot. The pot should be no more than 1/4 filled with dry beans. Fill the pot 3/4 of the way with cold water. Allow beans to soak overnight or at least 6-8 hours. Drain soaking water. Rinse beans.
Use 10 cups of water per pound of dried pintos. Put water and beans into a large stock pot. Bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes and then allow beans to rest in the water for an hour, covered. Rinse beans.
See additional notes below for crockpot instructions!
Fill pot with soaked beans and fresh water to 3/4 full. Cook over medium heat and allow to boil until tender (1-2 hours). Drain beans.
Add a little fresh water (1 cup or so for about 8 cups of cooked beans) and stir in salt to taste (important step!). Keep warm until ready to serve, or refrigerate and re-warm when needed.
shredded mozzarella cheese and sour cream
In this photo, my beans were topped with fresh tomato salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream, and diced avocado.
Cooked pinto beans make a perfect EASY lunch!
Simple Bean Tacos,
made with cooked pinto beans
For beans that are more like refried beans (but still lumpy!), add some additional water and salt and cook beans, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency. Yum! :)
Pintos and Cheese: Sprinkle cooked and salted pintos with shredded cheese for a yummy quick snack or lunch!
Crockpot pinto beans: Cover soaked beans with water, at least an inch above the level of the beans. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until soft. (Remember, old beans might refuse to ever get soft, so be sure you're using good beans!)
5 minutes + soaking time
We love these beans plain (salted to taste!) or used in other dishes like tacos, beans and rice, or simple bean tacos. So easy and healthy and economical! :) My rating: 10/10
This recipe was included in my freezer meal plan of main dishes when preparing for the birth of my fourth child. Read my update on how this recipe and the others turned out after freezing!