The Easiest Homemade Pinto Beans on the Planet

These homemade pinto beans take just minutes to throw together, then are slow-simmered to perfection.
These homemade pinto beans take just minutes to throw together, then are slow-simmered to perfection. | Source

Making Pinto Beans has Never Been Easier

Making pinto beans is not difficult, but many years ago I found a product that has made them as easy as pie. I take that back -- easier than pie. (Many pies are not easy at all, in my opinion.) Thanks to Bolner's Fiesta Brand Pinto Bean Seasoning, I can mindlessly throw together a pot of beans while doing all those multi-tasking mom activities such as helping the kids with their homework, paying the bills and of -- course writing -- an another article for HubPages.

I love to make pinto beans year round. They are warm and comforting on a cold winter day, but are also delicious with many warm-weather favorites, such as barbecue, hamburgers and Mexican food. Pinto beans go especially well with my recipes for slowcooker BBQ pulled pork and shrimp tacos, and are also delicious when thrown into my recipes for healthy Texas chili and the best pasta salad ever.

Depsite their lowly reputation as a "poor man's food," beans are a terrific addition to anyone's dinner table. Beans are delicious, inexpensive and full of heart-healthy, cholesterol-fighting fiber, not to mention protein and beneficial antioxidants such as folate, magnesium and potassium. Beans are filling, low in fat and help to keep your blood sugar in check.

How to Cook Beans Without Soaking Them First

Soaking beans in water has its advantages. While I recommend washing and rinsing dried beans in water, soaking them further removes any dirt, bacteria or pesticide residue. Soaking beans also helps leach out oligosaccharides, which are sugars that the human body does not typically digest well. In other words, soaking beans will help prevent that bloated, gassy problem that often comes with eating beans.

Soaking beans also gives them a jump-start when it comes to cooking. Soaked beans are softer because they are more hydrated, which means they do not have to simmer as long to become tender.

While you may prefer to soak your beans for the reasons above, soaking them is not necessary. I have cooked beans many times without soaking them first. First, wash and rinse them well. Then, simply follow the recipe here but use approximately 8 cups of water instead of worrying about many inches of water are covering the beans. Cook as directed in the main recipe, but allow about one hour extra cooking time for the beans to become tender.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 4-6 ounces smoked salt pork or bacon
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 tablespoons Bolner's Fiesta Pinto Bean Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Place dried beans in a colander; wash and rinse beans well. Pick through and remove any shriveled beans or debris.
  2. Place washed beans to a pan or bowl. Fill the bowl or pan with water and soak beans overnight or at least 6 hours.
  3. Chop the salt pork or bacon into small pieces. Fry lightly in a Dutch oven or soup pot.
  4. Discard soaking water and rinse beans again. Place them in the Dutch oven or soup pot with the salt pork or bacon. Cover with water by one inch.
  5. Cut the onion into narrow slivers. Add to beans and water in the Dutch oven or pot.
  6. Turn heat on high and bring the beans to a boil. Turn heat to low and add the 3 tablespoons of seasoning. Simmer two to three hours or until beans are tender.
Making delcicious pinto beans is simplified with this great seasoning.
Making delcicious pinto beans is simplified with this great seasoning. | Source

Serving Suggestions

You can make a meal out of beans or serve them as a side dish. Listed are some traditional favorites to pair with beans.

  • Cornbread
  • Rice
  • Saltine crackers
  • Corn of flour Tortillas topped with melted cheese
  • Tortilla chips
  • Fritos
  • Barbecue
  • Hamburgers
  • Any Mexican food

Did you make these pinto beans? If so, rate them and let me know how you liked them!

3.8 stars from 4 ratings of Pinto Beans with Bolner's Fiesta Pinto Bean Seasoning
Fiesta Seasoning Pinto Bean, 4.5-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Fiesta Seasoning Pinto Bean, 4.5-Ounce (Pack of 6)

This great price is for 6 jars of my favorite pinto bean seasoning.

 
Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware 4 1/2qt Covered Bean Pot, Cherry
Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware 4 1/2qt Covered Bean Pot, Cherry

Eat beans often enough and you'll perhaps you'll be able to afford this gorgeous Le Creuset bean pot.

 
Imusa Enamel Dutch Oven, 4.5 Quart, Turquoise
Imusa Enamel Dutch Oven, 4.5 Quart, Turquoise

A smaller, much more affordable pot in a super cute color.

 
Excelsteel 16 Quart Stainless Steel Stockpot With Encapsulated Base
Excelsteel 16 Quart Stainless Steel Stockpot With Encapsulated Base

A super price on this extra-large pot. With this pot, you could make several pounds of beans at once and feed a crowd.

 
Amco Straining Ladle, Stainless Steel
Amco Straining Ladle, Stainless Steel

This ingenious ladle lets you strain liquids when you pour from of one side, or serve up plenty of juice or broth when you pour from the other.

 

Beans and Cornbread: a catchy, fun song to listen to as you're cooking.

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

We often enjoy beans, for their nutritional benefits and also because they're yummy! We especially like them with Mexican food recipes. I'm going to look into the pinto bean seasoning. Sounds delicious!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I love pinto beans.. this is the way I make my beans every time.. sometimes I add Smoked sausage links cut up .. mmmm very good.

excellent hub

Debbie


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

The seasoning makes preparing the beans so quick and easy, and it's just the right balance of spices. Thanks for taking the time to comment!


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

Yum, I too love sausage in my beans, and also ham or ground beef. Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

Yummy! I think this is a good weekend for a big pot of beans and a pan of cornbread. I'm going to try that seasoning - you may have given me the answer as to why my efforts are never as tasty as others! Voted up!


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Marcy! Since you're in Texas you can probably find Bolner's Fiesta seasoning locally. Not all grocery stores carry this brand, but many do. I love their salt-free lemon pepper, too -- it adds lots of tangy lemon flavoring to fish but not any overpowering salt. Hope you're having a great weekend! Thanks again!


kellie 2 years ago

Another great seasoning to add is Creole Seasoning, full of flavor, and just a lil' spicy, i prepare one lb of beans as stated above and then towards the end of cooking about hour before they are ready to eat add about 1 1/2 tsp. creole seasoning...YUM :)


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas Author

Great idea -- thanks kellie! Sounds yummy!


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CherylsArt 2 years ago from West Virginia

I didn't know that there was a pinto bean seasoning. I'll have to look for that next time I want to make some bean soup. I no longer use meat since becoming a vegetarian, and usually "beef" up my bean soups with mushrooms and onion.


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TheBlueCrystal 2 years ago from USA

This sounds like something I might actually be coordinated enough to do.

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