Easy Home Made Pinto Beans
- Buy yourself a nice 1 pound bag of pinto beans (this will probably cost you less than a dollar). It’s always in the grocery store over by the pasta and the rice.
- Pour out about 1 1/2 cups of beans into a bowl or the removable ceramic crock pot if you have one of those (for “OnePot” or “Instapot” this should work about the same)
- Wash and immerse the beans under the faucet and drain off that water (this is a hold over from the days when there were rocks and sticks in the beans and you actually had to strain them).
- Now add fresh water to the bowl or pot, enough to completely cover the beans plus at least an inch more of water.
- Let the beans soak for about 3-4 hours (or until they are nice and plump looking) or simply let them soak overnight.
Once the beans are nice and plump be sure and pour off the water they soaked in. Then once again, add back enough fresh water to cover the beans plus an inch or two more.
And now we’re ready for ingredients:
- 1.5 cups of beans
- at least 2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of Fiesta (or other brand) Pinto Bean Seasoning
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Tabasco sauce (just a few squirts to heighten taste. These beans are not supposed to be hot)
- 2 tablespoons Braggs Liquid aminos or just plain soy sauce will work fine
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
Note 1: (All of these ingredients are really needed to make good ole fashioned pinto beans like what I grew up with — but the make or break is definitely the “Fiesta Brand” Pinto Bean Seasoning — you gotta get some of that stuff, it’s sold everywhere, and it will become one of your new best friends in the kitchen. It is a great all round seasoning that can be used on other foods — but none to as great effect as pinto beans!)
Note 2: (The Tabasco sauce is going to become your other new best friend in the kitchen. It is simply wonderful and used for taste enhancement more than adding heat. My mother would add it to every vegetable dish she made. But be gentle when squirting it into the bean pot. There is already some chili powder in the Pinto Bean Seasoning and that is heat enough for this recipe.
6. Now simply add all the ingredients listed above into the pot, give a stir or two, put on the lid and cook on low or medium for about 3 hours, or on high for about an hour and a half (or until beans are soft and completely tender).
7. The last thing to do just before putting on the lid is adding the 3-4 cloves of garlic.Important: The garlic cloves do impart flavor to the beans and bean broth but they are mainly there to soak up any gassy content from the beans (to prevent them from earning their nickname, “musical fruit.”)
7. Check a few times during cooking to make sure the beans don’t run low on liquid (if they do, just add a little more water)
8. Important last steps: Taste the beans before removing from the crock pot and add anything that seems to be lacking tastewise — and Remove the used Garlic cloves that cooked with the beans and throw them away (they’ve done their job and you don’t want to eat the gassy stuff they have absorbed).
9. Time to enjoy your own home made beans!