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Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans

I have a 2lb bag of pinto beans and need some good recipes I can make with it. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Janice from IL



Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans

This is one of my husband's favorites.

I cook about 3/4 cup dried beans to substitute for the canned beans.

Kielbasa and Red Beans:

  • 16 ounces kielbasa or smoked sausage
  • 1 small onion -- sliced
  • 1 clove garlic -- minced
  • 1 can kidney beans or pinto beans
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 dash hot sauce

    Saute garlic and onions about 2 minutes in olive oil or non-stick spray. Cut the smoked sausage links in half lengthwise and then slice. Add smoked sausage; stir and cook sausage for 2 minutes. Add beans, salsa, spices and hot sauce. Bring to just before boiling, lower heat, cover and simmer for about 25 minutes. Serve over cooked rice.

    I like to cook up a big pot of beans and split them into can size portions (scant 2 cups) for the freezer so I always have cooked beans on hand. They defrost in minutes in the microwave if you freeze them flat in freezer bags. (01/08/2009)


    By TraceyI

    Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans

    It's cold here this morning so I was thinking about soup and remembered this one. This is actually for black beans, but I just use pintos all the time since they are generally cheaper. This gets pretty thick, but just thin out with broth or water if needed.

    Recipe calls for canned beans. If dried, use about 3/4 cup per can. If already cooked, use 5-6 cups. This freezes well. I like to serve as a side to pork quesadillas (made from leftover pulled pork).

    Spicy Black Bean Soup:

  • 1 medium onion -- finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic -- minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 14 1/2 ounces chicken broth
  • 10 ounces tomatoes with green chilies (like Rotel brand) -- slightly drained
  • 11 ounces canned yellow corn -- drained

  • 45 ounces canned black beans

    Coat bottom of stockpot with nonstick spray or drizzle with olive oil, add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until soft (about 5 minutes). Place one can of beans and half the broth in blender, add onion mixture,
    red pepper flakes and cumin. Blend til smooth, about 30 sec. Pour into stockpot. Add second can of beans and remaining broth in blender and blend until smooth. Add to stockpot.

    Stir third can of beans, not pureed, tomatoes and green chilies, and corn into pot. Bring to boil, lower to medium and simmer 20-25 min. Stir frequently as it tends to stick a little to the bottom. (01/10/2009)

    By TraceyI

    Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans

    Thank you for the great ideas. Now I have to decide which one to choose first. I will be making something this weekend. (01/10/2009)


    By jmz2005

    Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans

    Go here and pig out! I have loved pinto beans all my life and eat them frequently. They have some great recipes here:

    YUM! (01/14/2009)

    By susan matthews

    Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans

    Here are two recipes I have used and people have loved them. These are for pies out of pinto beans. My advice would be to refrigerate them though.

    Mock Pecan Pie:
    ~ a "pecan pie" with no pecans ~


  • Pastry for a 9-inch pie
  • 1 cup cooked pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

    1) Puree beans in blender until smooth, or mash the beans really well.
    2) Mix beans and other ingredients well.
    3) Pour into an unbaked pie crust.
    4) Bake at 375 degrees until center is set.

    Mock Pumpkin Pie:
    ~ a "pumpkin pie" with no pumpkin ~



  • Pastry for a 9-inch pie
  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans, well rinsed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 13-oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1)Puree beans and water in blender, or mash the beans really well then add and blend the water.
    2) Mix beans and other ingredients well.
    3) Pour into an unbaked 9-inch pie crust.
    4) Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 45 minutes or until knife comes out clean. (01/14/2009)

    By SarahAnn

    Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans

    My DH who does not like beans loves this!

    Texas Ranch House Beans:

  • 1 lb pintos
  • 1 c. chili sauce

  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cubed
  • 2 TB brown sugar, packed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 qt beer (I used chicken broth)

    Rinse and drain beans. Brown bacon, then add all ingredients. Pressure cook for 30 min. This could be done in a crock-pot or in the oven or stove top as well. Adjust times. (01/14/2009)

    By Jeanette

    Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans

    Use the crock pot for long, slow cooking. I have found it to be the most reliable.

    WARNING! The older the beans, the longer they will take to cook (as in hours more)! (01/14/2009)

    By cookwie

    Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans

    I love pinto beans. I am Hispanic so I eat them a lot. A good way to use your pinto beans is; just with plain white rice, pour the beans and juice over the rice and eat it with a side dish of fried chicken baked, or whatever meat you have. (01/15/2009)

    By rosemarie

    Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans

    Cook them and add smoked ham hocks, or a nice ham bone. Yummy. I like them with white hominy, called Pozole. It's very good. (01/17/2009)

    By meoowmom

    Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans

    I love to see all of these new recipes for dried beans. We raise pinto and soy beans on our farm. (01/18/2009)

    By auntie_lola

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