Pinto Beans

Kathy D


This is a Pioneer Woman recipe for pinto beans. You can make it your own by adding seasonings and/or garnishes to your liking. Some ideas are listed. Enjoy!


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
3 Hr
Stove Top


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  • 4 c
    dried pinto beans
  • 4 slice
    thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    black pepper

  • ·
    chili powder
  • ·
    cayenne pepper
  • ·
    garlic powder
  • ·

  • ·
    sour cream
  • ·
    fresh cilantro
  • ·
    chopped red onion
  • ·
    grated cheese
  • ·
    pico de gallo

How to Make Pinto Beans


  1. Rinse the beans thoroughly, then place them in a large pot with the bacon. Pour water over the top. Use enough water to cover the beans by 1 or 2 inches. Bring to a boil over med-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 2-3 hours.
  2. If the liquid seems to evaporate too quickly, add more water during the cooking process.
  3. The beans are done when they're tender, without much bite.
  4. Add in the salt and pepper. Stir and taste, adjusting the seasoning as necessary. Add in other seasonings as desired.
  5. Serve in a bowl with any or all of the optional garnishes. This is great served with some cornbread, too!

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About Pinto Beans

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Southwestern

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