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Pinto beans

What are pinto beans? About the ingredient pinto beans. Including 312 recipes with pinto beans, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.


Pinto and pink beans, although related and used interchangeably in recipes, do not look alike. The Pintos are pale pink, speckled with brown. The pink beans are smoother and more brownish red than the name implies, and are sometimes called “red Mexican” or “red miners”. Both varieties turn red-brown during cooking.

dried pinto beans

When called for in a recipe, unless otherwise specified, the ingredient is normally canned prepared pinto beans. You may wish to prepare them from dried beans yourself, which is much more cost effective.

Dried Bean Purchasing Guide

Dried beans should be clean, uniform in size and quality. Today dried beans are usually sold pre-packaged and a reliable brand will guarentee clean, uniformly sized beans.

1 pound, raw = approximately 2 1/3 cups

1 pound, cooked = approximately 6 cups


After opening the package place the unused beans in a clean, tightly covered container and store on the pantry shelf.

Kitchen shelf: 1 year

Refrigerator shelf, cooked, covered: 3 to 4 days

Refrigerator freezer, cooked beans and cooked bean dishes, prepare for freezing: 1 month

Deep Freezer, cooked beans and cooked bean dishes, prepared for freezing: 4 to 6 months

dried pinto beans

Basic Preparation

Packaged beans are usually sorted and washed before packaging, so need only be rinsed.

Bean bought in bulk should be sorted carefully, discarding broken and defective beans, and washed until the water runs clear.

It's a good idea to soak the beans to replace some of the water lost during the drying process.

In general, if directions are not given on the package, use the amount of water called for in the recipe; save the nutritious soaking water to use in cooking the beans.

There are two ways of soaking dried beans:

  1. Quick method: Measure the soaking water into a large, heavy pot. Add the washed beans and bring to the boil. Cover the pot and cook for 2 minutes; remove from heat and let stand for one hour, then cook according to recipe directions.

  2. Overnight method: Measure the soaking water into a large pot; add washed beans; cover pot, and let stand for 6 to 8 hours. To prevent souring and hard skins the two minute boil above is recommended even when the beans are soaked overnight.

Add one teaspoon of salt per cup of soaked beans. If ham, bacon or salt pork is to be added use a smaller amount of salt.

Always try to cook in the soaking water. Cover the pot and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer according to the recipe.

Stir carefully but not too often to avoid breaking apart the beans. When done they should hold their shape as well as be tender. Cooking time can range from 20 minutes to 1 ½ hours depending on the type of bean and how long they have been stored.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (240g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 206Calories from Fat 17
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.9g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.4g 2%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 705mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 36.6g 12%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 0.5
Protein 11.7g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 10% Iron 19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Pinto beans are usually found in the canned goods section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Pinto beans are a member of the Legumes and Legume Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much do pinto beans weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 240

In Chinese:斑豆
British (UK) term: Pinto beans
en français:haricots pinto
en español:frijoles pinto

Recipes using pinto beans

There are 289 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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