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Awesome and Easy Recipe to Make Delicious Pinto Beans. (From Dried or Canned Pinto Beans.)

Updated on June 27, 2012

Don't forget to wash your beans.

First sort the beans on a large tray.  Discard any beans that do not look good. Search for any stones. Rinse the beans and cover with water  to soak overnight.
First sort the beans on a large tray. Discard any beans that do not look good. Search for any stones. Rinse the beans and cover with water to soak overnight. | Source
The beans will more than double in size, when you soak them overnight.
The beans will more than double in size, when you soak them overnight. | Source
1 lb. bag of Pinto Beans,1 Large Onion, 3 cloves of fresh garlic, green and red pepper, bay leaves, vegetable or olive oil, water and salt and pepper.
1 lb. bag of Pinto Beans,1 Large Onion, 3 cloves of fresh garlic, green and red pepper, bay leaves, vegetable or olive oil, water and salt and pepper. | Source
Chop the onion, garlic,  and peppers. Saute' in vegetable or olive oil in a 6 quart dutch oven.
Chop the onion, garlic, and peppers. Saute' in vegetable or olive oil in a 6 quart dutch oven. | Source
I use either fresh or canned crushed tomatoes.
I use either fresh or canned crushed tomatoes. | Source
Serve over rice, pasta or noodles. Or simply have the pinto beans alone.  I used No-Carb noodles. Dot with sour cream and serve.
Serve over rice, pasta or noodles. Or simply have the pinto beans alone. I used No-Carb noodles. Dot with sour cream and serve. | Source

Who's afraid to make dried beans... Not You.

Making a delicious meal from healthy dried beans is not as hard as you may think. Many countries around the world have been living on dried beans and rice, for centuries.

I'm a visual person and learn better from pictures. If you are visual also, just take a look at the photos and you will be on your way to making a delicious and healthy meal for your family, or friends. In fact, with enough dried beans, you can even feed a neighborhood.

The thought of growing beans has not entered my mind... yet. So for now I just try to find the lowest priced bag of beans from the supermarket. They are easy to find locally, so I haven't tried to purchase beans online.

The Basics.

There is really nothing to picking up a bag or two of dried beans, taking them home, sorting them, rinsing and soaking them overnight. This gives you time to shop around for the other vegetables and ingredients that you want to add to your recipe.

Usually I'm not one for hot peppers, however, a hint of a Poblano or Jalapeno pepper instead of a Green, Red or Yellow Pepper will add a whole new dimension to this recipe.

Soaking Beans.

You must soak the beans. Overnight is best. If you truly don't want to try dried beans then of course you can used canned beans. But that's cheating. Give dried beans a chance. Once you accomplish cooking with dried beans you may never go back to canned beans again.

The Shelf Life of Dried Beans.

Although dried beans have a longer shelf life than canned beans it really isn't that much longer. I always store my dried beans in a glass jar. Try to buy enough beans to last your family for no longer than 6-8 months. Keep an eye on the dried beans and try to use them up in the wintertime. I do most of my dry bean buying for the winter months. I throw canned, rinsed beans into salads during the summer time. If you keep dried beans too long they do not soak or cook down very well. Someone gave me a jar of beans when they were moving and that's how I found out about old beans. I ended up grinding them down and they still did not cook well. As for canned beans, I don't know what kind of chemicals the companies use so I try to stay away from canned beans, however, I can't pass up a sale on White Kidney beans because they are hard to find in the dried version.

Delicious Pinto Beans Recipe:

  • 1 Pound Bag of Dried Pinto Beans
  • 1 Large Chopped Onion
  • 3 Cloves Chopped Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Large Chopped Green Pepper
  • 1 Large Chopped Red Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Quarts Water
  • 2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes (or 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes.)
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable or Olive Oil
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 3 teaspoons Salt
  • Ground Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

In a 6 Quart Dutch Oven saute' the onion, garlic and peppers in the vegetable or olive oil. Cook on Med. heat with the cover on for about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse the beans. Add to the pot. Add the bay leaves. Cover the beans and vegetables with filtered water until the water is 1 inch above the beans. Should be 1 1/2 quarts of water, if not then add more water until the water is an inch above the beans. Add the baking soda and 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 hours.

Add the tomatoes and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour.

My husband loves these beans. I always get an extra kiss from him, every time I make my dried pinto bean dish. He especially appreciates my using the baking soda. (Baking soda will take the snaps and toots out of the beans... if you know what I mean.)

You can put your beans over rice, noodles, pasta or even just roll some up in a flour tortilla or stuff into a pita bread. I put mine over No-Carb Noodles.

Until we meet again... Francesca27




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    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      6 years ago from Hub Page

      Since the downturn in the economy we need more bean recipes to help stretch our grocery budget. My method works well with most dried beans Thank you for taking the time to make such a nice comment.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Great instructions for preparing dried beans, and I learned something new about the Baking Soda! Well written and presented. Voting you up and useful!

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      Linda 

      7 years ago

      Your recipe makes my face smile and my stomach growl.

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      Go for it! You will be pleased and so will your dining partners. Thanks for leaving such a nice comment.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love pinto beans and your recipe looks absolutely delicious. I have to try it.

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      I do know what you mean. Now you can really enjoy all your bean recipes. Thanks for stopping by my hub.

    • Albert Street profile image

      Albert Street 

      7 years ago from Northern USA

      I love your recipe it's very similar to one that I use. One exception, the baking soda. I was glad to see the reason for this addition. This is something that I will need to add to all of my bean recipes so that my husband won't have to blame me later on (if you know what I mean).

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      Good job Silva Hayes. That was nice that you made the corn pancakes! My sister is making the beans for the first time,however, she is using canned pinto beans. I never used Anasazi beans. I'll be looking for them. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Silva Hayes 

      7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Hi, I'm back again, just to say, I made a pot of these again yesterday, using Anasazi beans, and they were quite delicious. I also made corn bread, but instead of baking it, I added a little extra water to make the a thinner batter and I made cornbread in a skillet on top of the stove, like pancakes.

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      Back at ya bri36. Glad you're up and running again. Keep on hubbing!

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      bri36 

      7 years ago

      hey lady, i got my puter up and running now so maybe i can put up some more recipes for you to look over and try. sorry i have been missing you but things just got better!!! thank you Francesca27 for all that you do for us.:)

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      Thanks kdubba. Give it a try. My husband really goes for this bean dish!

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      kdubba 

      7 years ago

      Cool recipe.Looks good!

    • Silva Hayes profile image

      Silva Hayes 

      7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Yes that's what it's like around here -- lots of beans and cornbread in our future!

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      Thanks Silva Hayes, I was feeling a little blue today... and here you are, cheering me up with yours wonderful comment. I thank you so much. With the economy the way it is, I have a feeling we'll be making lots of bean dishes. I'll be putting an easy lima bean soup recipe on when it get's a little cooler out.

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      Silva Hayes 

      7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      I made them using this recipe and they are scrumptious. Thanks again!

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      jbhearn95 

      7 years ago

      I love beans and always look for new recipes. Thanks.

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      WandasHomePlace 

      7 years ago

      It just looks scrumptious!

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      chonett 

      7 years ago

      Fran, I eat beans as often as I can because they are a healthy source of protein and quite inexpensive. They are very good and you can make them a thousand different ways,

      according to your taste. Definitely, your recipe will be added to my list of recipes that I'll be making often! You

      are a good cook! Thanks!

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      Try it... you will be surprised how much your family will like it. It's my husbands favorite meal.

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      NTR57 

      7 years ago

      I love that you add pictures to your hubs. They really help when trying out something new. This looks delicious.

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      bri36 

      7 years ago

      hey i think you make a great TV chef. laptop is up and down, trying to baby it till ????

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      There you are! Your grandmother is my kind of cook. I've missed your comments. I like the brown sugar addition. I'm not a spicy type but I'll give the brown sugar a whirl. I mostly experiment with my recipes until someone gives me a yum. I don't watch the TV cooks. A long time ago I decided that they used too many exotic ingredients that not many people could buy... so I'm the plain, simple type of cook... that's why I like your recipes. Especially the wine in the salad dressing, that was genius.

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      bri36 

      7 years ago

      did you know my grandmother? this is the same way she taught both my sister and I how to cook beans. here's another tip: if you use dry cayenne or chili pepper to spice it up and go to far, add in a tbsp of Brown sugar to smooth it out. and adds a little sweet to the whole mix.. thank you Francesca27 once again lady you make it cool.. voted^

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      Either one, powder or soda will work, however, you are right I made a typo. It's baking soda. I'll get right over and fix this. Thanks for stopping by my hub.

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      Silva Hayes 

      7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      I am making them now. I do have one question: In your recipe you say baking powder and then below you mention baking soda. I am going with baking soda, is that right? Thanks, I voted up and useful!

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