Pinto Beans Recipe


You will LOVE Pinto Beans; the texture and flavor are to die for. Also, this recipe is healthy, easy to make, gluten-free, vegan, and a great source of protein.

Pinto Beans

Why Are Pinto Beans awesome

There are so many things to love about pinto beans. They’re a great source of protein, high in fiber, and of course, they’re vegan. They are a staple in Spanish and South American cooking, and we can see why – they’re so goddamn tasty. Pinto beans make a great side dish, complimenting many Mexican dishes. I recommend pairing them with Twice Baked Mexican Sweet Potatoes if you’re a vegetarian or Mexican Grilled Corn Salad With Jalapeno And Avocado for our vegan friends.

Ingredients Needed To Cook Perfect Pinto Beans

  • Dry pinto beans
  • White onion
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Salt and Pepper To Season
Pinto Beans - Ingredients

How To Make Pinto Beans


Put the pinto beans in a large bowl and fill them with water until they’re fully submerged. Soak the pinto beans for at least 8 hours, but preferably overnight. Pre-soaking your beans will speed up the cooking process. I recommend soaking bean with room temperature water as cold water makes them less nutritious.


After that, drain the soaking water and put the pinto beans in a large pot or a slow cooker. Cover the beans with fresh water. Then add the garlic, quarters of onion, and jalapeño peppers. Then season with salt and pepper.


Place your pot on the stove and turn up the heat until boiling. Cook your beans at high temperature for 30 minutes, then lower to a medium temperature for 15 minutes or until they have softened.


Once your beans have cooked through, leave them to cool and place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can keep them there for 4-5 days. If you want to store your soaked beans for longer, you can freeze them in an airtight bag.

Recipe Tips

  • Soaking the pinto beans helps them cook faster, holds their shape better during the cooking process, and makes them easier to digest.
  • If you are going to use the slow cooker, cover the beans with water, add your other ingredients and cook for 6 hours.
  • You can also cook the pinto beans in an instant pot, it is so much faster! It will take 10 mins at high pressure before you can let the pressure release.
Pinto Beans

Mix It Up 

Change out the beans. Pinto is the traditional bean of choice for refried beans, but you can mix it up by using black beans or cannellini beans instead.

Spice it up. You can change up the herbs and spices you put in or leave them out entirely. Try adding cilantro, chili powder and gruond cuming to add a depth of Mexican flavor.

Add them to chili. Chili con carne is the perfect excuse to use your beans. Why not try them in a Crock Pot Bean Chili.

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Pinto Beans FAQ

Are Pinto Beans Good for YOu?

The GOOD news is that pinto beans are very good for you. They are packed with protein, rich in fiber and full of vitamins and anti-oxidants. Various studies conducted on animals have shown promising health benefit like improved gut health and lower cholesterol. It is no surprise to see them grow in popularity!


One cup of dry beans makes roughly 3 cups of cooked beans or two cans of beans.


To freeze pinto beans, drain them after cooking and put them in an airtight container. You can keep them well for 6 months in the freezer.

Can you eat Pinto Beans on Keto

Good question my keto friends! Beans are usually quite high on carbs so if you follow a zero carb keto diet I would avoid them. You can substitute pinto beans with black soybeans. 1 cup of black soybeans contains only 2g of net carbs.

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Pinto Beans Recipe

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 168kcal
Author FoodFaithFitness


  • 1 cup dried beans
  • 1 white onion quartered
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper


  • Put the pinto beans in a large bowl and fill them with water until they’re fully submerged.
  • Soak the pinto beans overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  • Drain the water and put the pinto beans in a large pot or slow cooker.
  • Cover the beans with fresh water and the remaining ingredients.
  • Cook the beans on the stove at high temperature for 30 minutes, then turn them down to a medium temperature and cook for 15 minutes or until they are tender.
  • Store your beans in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator or freezer.


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 677mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3mg

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