From dry to the table in about 2 hours. These basic pinto beans are great when making refried beans.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
55 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water to a boil in a medium pot; add pinto beans, onions, garlic, ham base, and salt. Stir and return to a boil. Cover, turn off heat, and let stand for 1 hour.

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  • Return to a boil; reduce heat and let simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender or have reached desired doneness, 40 to 50 minutes.

Cook's Note:

For refried beans: Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid and either mash beans with a potato masher or process in a food processor until desired consistency, using reserved liquid to adjust as desired.

Nutrition Facts

217 calories; protein 12.9g; carbohydrates 39.7g; fat 0.9g; sodium 882.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (1)

Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2020
I often see the debate of whether to drain the water the beans are soaked in or not so I set out on an experiment this weekend. The other recipe I made was a slow cooker method so my experiment wasn't about cooking time but rather taste, texture, and color. This recipe won on all three things. I did add ham but that was the only change I made. This difference in the color of this one was shocking. It also had more depth of flavor and very few beans split. I do recommend rinsing the beans in a colander beforehand. Read More