The Greatest Pinto Beans

READY IN: 2hrs 10mins
Recipe by catalinacrawler

nothing makes a better burrito than using homemade beans!! use them whole or follow the directions to make refried beans.

Top Review by mama smurf

Delicious!!! I made this for My 3 Chefs June 2012 tag game and I did soak my beans over night but then I followed the rest of the instructions...I couldn't believe how easy and how delicious these were!!! Definately a keeper and one I will use again and again...not only for refried beans but just for a starter for other dishes. Thank you for posting. (putting this into my Favorites of 2012).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. sort out any dark, oddly shaped or broken beans and rinse beans well.
  2. cover beans in water in a stock pot and bring to a boil, drain.
  3. cover with water again, about 2” above beans.
  4. add all remaining ingredients except salt. (you can use less bacon if prefered).
  5. bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer covered until beans are soft.
  6. add more water only if necessary; boil for approximately 2.5 - 3 hours.
  7. the last half hour check often, the beans will start to stick to the bottom of the pot when they’re done.
  8. season with sea salt to taste.
  9. to make refried beans take 4 cups beans and strain out excess juice.
  10. heat 2 tbs vegetable oil in a skillet.
  11. add beans and start mashing & stirring rapidly until beans are almost smooth. try with my steak picado recipe for a fantastic burrito!

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