Cooked Pinto Beans

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:

Overnight Soak:

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.

Quick Soak:

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.

Pinto beans

3. Cooking:

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.


Cooked Pinto beans
Cooked Pinto Beans topped with
shredded mozzarella cheese and sour cream



Cooked pinto beans

Cooked pinto beans with toppings
In this photo, my beans were topped with fresh tomato salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream, and diced avocado.

Cooked pinto beans with toppings

Cooked pinto beans make a perfect EASY lunch!

Simple Bean Tacos
Simple Bean Tacos
made with cooked pinto beans
Additional Notes: 

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!)

Click here for more about cooking dried pinto beans in a slow cooker!

Pinto beans


Preparation Time: 

5 minutes + soaking time

Cooking Time: 

1-2 hours

Tammy's Review: 

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

I think these beans are most tender when cooked in a slow cooker!

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!


Made these on Weds night. I soaked them overnight rinsed once and put them in the fridge until I could get to them to cook after work.
The salt makes it! I served them just as you did and YUM! I meant to freeze the leftover beans, but I ate them again last night and think that they will be my lunch again today!
You are right- simple bean tacos, so good!


Tammy, I am in love with pinto beans thanks to you! I make them ALL the time and my kids even request them! I've also made them into burritos, like you suggested, and frozen them - so good for a quick lunch this summer while pre-school is out. Also wanted to share that I made these and added 1tsp cumin, 2tsp chili powder and 1 tsp smoked paprika to about 2 cups of cooked beans. Then I grilled some poblano peppers, removed stems and seeds then stuffed with the beans and some grilled chicken. Topped them with grated cheese (I used a blend from Costco) and baked for 5-10 minutes at 350. Then I served with sour cream. SO good and I bet they would be really good in a bell pepper too. Great way to add an extra veg and eliminate an end-of-day carb.

Thanks again for all the great recipes and ideas!


I never even thought about making pinto beans from scratch. Thank you for opening my eyes to this wonderful food. I made these beans and we loved them! And, it was so frugal!
Got to love that!

We appreciate all your hard work and are praying for you.


These turned out awesome! I loved them. We loaded them up and put them over rice like you suggested. All day my husband kept asking me what was for dinner and I said "beans"...needless to say he didn't sound too thrilled... when he ate them he was shocked...he couldn't stop saying how good they were...he even had a second serving...and my little boy ate them up as well...he kept saying, "yuuum" (he's 18 months :)


We LOVED these beans! I soaked them overnight and cooked them in the crockpot. We had them over rice with shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and salsa. Wow! What a great, flavorful, frugal meal! Thanks, Tammy!



I made pinto beans this week, but I used my new electric pressure cooker. I didn't soak them first and they took about 1 hour. We've been using your ideas....having them as a lunch side with cheese as well as additions for tacos/burritos....we've loved them! Thank you for the idea!


I just read on this blog that if the beans are old they won't get soft. I put 1 cup of black beans in the crockpot that I got in the Winco bins and cooked them all day and all night and they won't get tender.


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