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How to Cook Pinto Beans

Pinto beans have long been enjoyed in Mexico. A technique for turning the hard dried beans into a delicious menu item is described here.


  • Step 1: Clean the dry beans Remove any stones from the dried beans, and then rinse them completely free of dirt.
  • Step 2: Soak the beans Place the beans in a pot with 3 inches of water covering them. Let the beans soak overnight.
  • TIP: If you have a slow cooker, cook the beans for eight hours on low heat without pre-soaking.
  • Step 3: Replace the water Pour out the water and replace it with enough water to cover the beans by an inch.
  • Step 4: Cook the beans Bring the beans to a boil. Then reduce the heat and allow them to simmer for 4 hours. Check the beans periodically to make sure there is still water in the pot.
  • FACT: The name "pinto" means "painted" in Spanish, and refers to the beans' reddish brown and beige coloring.

You Will Need

  • Pinto beans
  • A pot
  • Water
  • A slow cooker (optional)

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