Pinto Beans in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Total Time
Prep 8 hrs
Cook 2 hrs

This is a recipe I came up with as a substitute for canned chili beans. This is not spicy really but this is usually what you will find the beans called in the grocery aisle. I don't care for kidney beans so I use pintos, but I am sure they would work also. Cooked beans freeze well so it makes sense to cook the whole package and be done.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sort and rinse beans to remove bad beans, rocks and dirt.
  2. Soak overnight or between 6-8 hours.
  3. Drain and rinse soaked beans.
  4. Add enough water to cover beans for cooking and add salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Cook until tender, approximately 2 hours.
  5. When cooked, drain water from beans.
  6. Add tomato sauce, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder.
  7. Heat through to meld flavors.
  8. Cool and freeze 2 cups of beans in sauce in quart bags.