Homemade Pinto Beans


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

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs
4 servings


  • 4 cups water

  • ½ pound dry pinto beans, sorted and rinsed

  • 2 small onions, quartered

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon ham base

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

217 Calories
1g Fat
40g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 217
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 882mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 9g 34%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 855mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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