New Mexico Pinto Beans

Total Time
Prep 12 hrs
Cook 4 hrs

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash and pick over the beans, removing loose skins or shriveled beans.
  2. Put in a large covered pot and cover with hot water.
  3. Soak over night if you want to cut down on cooking time.
  4. When beans start to simmer add ham bone, salt pork or bacon.
  5. Add more water as needed but only hot or boiling water.
  6. Never add cold water the beans will turn dark.
  7. If you cook without a lid the beans will also turn a dark color.
  8. When the skins are almost as tender as the inside of the beans, they are done.
  9. They should not be broken.
  10. Add salt and allow to stand before serving.


Most Helpful

Fabulous recipe! I follow your recipe, but prepare them in the slow cooker. I turn them to high for 1 hour or until they boil, then I cook them on low for 6 or so hours. I do not soak the beans in advance. From a New Mexican who is hooked on beans, thank you!

joyhetrick December 08, 2009

As someone who grew-up in New Mexico and beans were a staple to New Mexican food, let me tell you it is paramount to soak beans over night. Also, you must salt the beans...

bryanruddy September 13, 2015

What a great way to cook pinto beans! They cooked in about 1/2 the normal time and I didn't even soak them beforehand. I made mine vegetarian and they were still good. I did get a few broken ones because I think I let them boil too hard. The water was dark, but the beans were not. Perfect! Icetea, thanks for the recipe!

Rose is Rose May 02, 2009

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