Pinto Beans for Burritos

READY IN: 3hrs 5mins
Recipe by xtine

This is my attempt to re-create the beans at my favorite burrito place, Tortillas, in Atlanta GA. Unfortunately, they closed, so now I have to try to make my own burritos, because no other establishment makes a burrito that measures up. Also, I now live in NYC, which is a burrito desert. Do not pre-soak your beans. If you do this, they will already have absorbed a bunch of water and will not be able to absorb all the flavors from the spices and broth. Do not worry about the salt added at the beginning, it is an old wives' tale that beans will be tough if you add salt at the beginning. You want to add all the spices and seasonings at the start so the beans will absorb them.

Top Review by Jenny M.

I'm from New Mexico, so I know good burritos! These are great!<br/><br/>Couple of tips:<br/><br/>-Rinse the beans while sorting them.<br/>-"Quick soak" to get the extra dirt off. This means you put them in a pot of hot water (6-8 cups per lb), boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat, cover, and let sit one hour. Then drain and use fresh water with the broth and spices for the remaining cooking time. <br/>-Make sure the new water is hot! Going from hot to cold will make your beans tough.<br/>-Try adding a pound or so of cut chunks of stew beef. Boiling for so long will soften it. Oh, and the beef will look and taste better if you brown the edges first!<br/>-4 cubes of bouillon in a quart of water may replace the broth in the recipe. More or less cubes to taste.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sort the beans to make sure there are no small rocks, screws, etc. in them. And yes, I have personally found these things in dried beans before. Sort or hope you have good dental coverage.
  2. Put the beans, all the spices, and the olive oil in a large pot. Mix well.
  3. Add the chicken broth and water, and stir to mix well.
  4. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook beans, uncovered, for 3 to 4 hours until done to your liking (It usually only takes me 3 hours, and sometimes less than 3 if I have it at a fast simmer. After 2 hours, take out a bean every 30 minutes or so and eat it to check if it is done enough for you).

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