Pinto Beans

"My family loves this recipe after trying many different ones. When I'm short on time I use canned beans and just add the rest of the ingredients, I cook the bacon up when using canned beans. ENJOY!"
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Ready In:
3hrs 10mins




  • Clean beans and wash well with water.
  • Put beans in large pot, add water.
  • Bring beans to boil and let boil for 1 hour.
  • Check closely, as beans cook, you will probably need to add more water.
  • Run tap water until very hot before adding to beans.
  • Add bacon pieces and cook another 45 minutes.
  • Add spices and reduce heat to low and cook another 20 to 25 minutes.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Erin M.
    Hi there! If I don't want to add meat to the recipe do I still need to cook it the extra 45 min? Thanks! Erin


  1. Greg K.
    I add half a tea spoon of baking soda and bring beans to a boil then turn them off for 1 hour and this is what my grandmother called cooking the farts out of ur beans. Try it really it works. After sitting for a hour cook per recipe.
  2. sugarpea
    It's unanimous, 5 stars again. Loved this with cornbread and salad. I didn't change the seasonings at all and thought they were perfect. Made this with turkey ham and pureed 1 cup of the finished beans, adding them back to the pot for creaminess.
  3. Elizabeth K.
    No bacon, sauteed onion, garlic sweet pepper in coconut oil and butter. Added cumin, coriander powder, cayenne and a chopped green chilli. 2 1tspn salt.
  4. whtbxrmom
    I made these for dinner tonight to serve as a side with our ribs. I didn't make any changes to the recipe and used a high quality bacon. The reviews from my family varied from not liking them at all to saying they were okay but didn't have enough flavor.
  5. Patricia B.
    I have some "European-style" bacon...smoked pork shoulder to use in this recipe!!! Maybe add some black beans for contrast... Certainly a different flavor profile for this European "chili". Yummy!! Be poetic with your spices for a real treat!!


  1. Asim D.
    Replaced the bacon with sliced smoked beef and used fresh garlic instead of garlic powder.


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