Southern Living Pinto Beans

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by Caroline Cooks

This has been my pinto bean recipe for the past many, many years. Tried and true! Time does not include soaking for dried beans.

Top Review by ronnielj

I am trying this recipe today as the ingredients sound delicious and are sure to make a flavorful pot of beans. Being a southern girl I am always on the lookout for other cook's take on pinto's. I'd like to add that it is very important to soak your beans. Yes, they will usually cook up nicely if you don't... however, the reason for soaking is to break down the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors in them which interferes with the absorption of the nutrients in the beans. It is best to soak them in whey or fresh squeezed lemon juice. For every 2-6 cups of dried beans add 2 tablespoons of whey or fresh lemon juice. Soak for 12-24 hours (longer is better) and rinse the beans before cooking. I'll let you know how my beans turned out!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place beans in a large Dutch oven, and add water to cover.
  2. Bring to a boil, and cook, uncovered, 30 minutes.
  3. Drain.
  4. Add ham hock, tomatoes, broth, and next 10 ingredients to Dutch oven with beans; cook 55 minutes or until beans are tender.
  5. Serve over rice with Southwestern Cornbread(no sugar)in a cast iron skillet.
  6. *Dried pinto beans may be substituted for fresh; however, wash and sort beans; then soak overnight in water to cover.

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