Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I like to cook these anytime and especially busy days. My own recipe

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Tip: When shopping for pinto beans if not in bulk,always check the color!
  2. Very important! they should be pinkish or tan, the lighter the better!
  3. Wash and wash.
  4. Preboil then drain,cook slow about 3 hours,stir often.
  5. Use black coffee in place of adding water at least 2 times.
Most Helpful

Um, I read this recipe, then cooked pinto beans. This is more a few hints for people who know how to cook beans, than a detailed recipe. I do know how to cook dried beans, so that wasn't a problem. The information about the color of the beans is interesting, though I think all the beans I looked at in the supermarket were the same color. They definitely weren't dirty, but, following the directions here, I washed (rinsed, really) them more carefully than usual. Preboil instructions are given on my bean package: to 1 lb beans (2 cups), add 6 to 8 cups hot water; bring to a rapid boil, and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain and rinse. So I did that. The bag suggests using 6 cups (per lb.) hot water for cooking, simmering gently until tender, with the lid partly on, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. All of this information would have been useful in the recipe for a person with little knowledge. Actually, if that amount of water is used, I don't think much stirring is necessary. The idea of using black coffee in addition to water is good, and I did that. I also used onion, carrot, celery and garlic. I didn't feel like using bacon or ham, but have nothing against it. The seasoning mixes caused problems for me, because, although I have a lot of spices and herbs, I don't buy many mixes. I looked up recipes for these seasonings here, and, as I suspected, many contained a lot of salt and black pepper. The other important seasonings seemed to be cayenne pepper, paprika, thyme and oregano. (There was onion and garlic powder, for which I substituted fresh.) I decided to season to taste, being careful at first not to use too much. This worked for me, and I have quite a lot (though I halved the recipe) of nice pinto beans. I will use the coffee again, though probably not more than 1 cup per lb. Thank you for sharing this with us. I decided not to assign stars, because these beans could come out good or bad depending on the knowledge and skill of the cook.

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I made my own version of this with what I had on hand. I added ground pork and tomato sauce, eliminated the carrots and celery and changed the seasoning a bit. Mine turned out FABULOUS and was devoured at a potluck. The coffee is a great tip! It really added a slight bitter flavor which complimented the dish really well. Thanks!