Who doesn’t love a big ol bowl of steaming hot, creamy, smoky Pinto Beans? Seriously, is there a better comfort food out there? I don’t think so. Besides that, I learned The Secret to Perfect Old Fashioned Pinto Beans the other day and I’m sharing it with you today! Thanks Mona!
So what’s The Secret to Perfect Old Fashioned Pinto Beans ? What could make a plain ol bowl of beans tastier? You mean, you don’t know? I’ll tell you what my friend Mona told me…
One of the Secret to Perfect Old Fashioned Pinto Beans
Mona asked me if I have ever made Pintos with the addition of the jarred broth concentrate. My answer? No, as a matter of fact, I haven’t. “You won’t be sorry”, she said.
She is right. I’m not sorry. Not even a little bit.
I JUST bought a jar that I found at the grocery store when I ran out of my little chicken bouillon cubes. Goodbye bouillon cubes – forever. I’m including a photo from Amazon of the bouillon that I used and I can vouch for it. You might have a different type of bouillon base (the creamy kind) that you like. Let me know if you do.
If you want to click the photo, you’ll go right through to Amazon and you can check the price (affiliate link). You can find it at your local grocery too – of course, it won’t be delivered to your door that way.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR The Secret to Perfect Old Fashioned Pinto Beans
- The bag will tell you that you can soak your beans OR you can parboil them. I usually soak. My friend, Mona, says she always just parboils for about 10 minutes. I think either works.
- An important thing to understand is that good beans take some time- it doesn’t matter what method you use – they take time.
- Just as a general rule of thumb, 1 cup of dried beans makes 3 cups cooked. A usual serving is ½ cup.
- Most recipes indicate that it is ok to add salt during cooking, I usually do. There is an old saying among plenty of old cooks say that salt while cooking makes the beans tough. I have never noticed that but just wanted you to be aware. My recipes says to add salt for cooking because, honey, beans with no salt – eww.
- You may have cooked beans yourself and had them to never completely cook up – and then blamed the salt. The truth is – you probably had old beans. Beans have a long shelf life – but it isn’t FOREVER. Use beans within about 2 years. They are better if you use them within a year.
- The second most important thing to understand is that good beans require you to build flavor. Just throwing in some bacon or chicken broth won’t work. You MUST season with salt before serving (and hopefully while cooking – but that is up to you). Beans with flavor are delicious BUT Beans without salt are YUCK!
- How firm you like beans is a matter of personal preference BECAUSE some people like them really mushy and some people like them more firm. You decide how you like them.
- Beans are usually even better the next day – so refrigerate if possible and eat the next day.
- If you are vegetarian, simply leave off the bacon. You might want to try a few drops of liquid smoke.
TO COOK OLD FASHIONED PINTO BEANS IN THE CROCK POT.
- Soak the beans overnight in the crock of the crock pot.
- In the morning, pour off the water from the beans and discard it. Sort through the beans and remove any that don’t look right.
- Place beans back in the crock pot and cover with 2 inches of clean water and add garlic and onion (you don’t need to cook them first) and proceed with step 4 as listed above starting at “add the…”.
- Set crock pot on low and cook for 8-10 hours or until beans are tender.
TO COOK OLD FASHIONED PINTO BEANS IN THE PRESSURE COOKER
- Follow the instructions in the recipe above for soaking and then saute the onions and garlic in the bottom of your pressure cooker.
- Continue with step 4 above.
- Bring pressure cooker to high pressure and heat at high pressure for 25 minutes.
- Allow to slowly depressurize.
- When pressure is released, remove lid and check the beans for tenderness. If they aren’t quite as tender as you like, replace the lid and cook for another 5 minutes at full pressure. Repeat checking beans until they are as tender as you like.
WHAT IS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PINTO BEANS?
Do you have a recipe that calls for pinto beans but you don’t LIKE pinto beans? Try one of these other beans that have a lighter flavor and thinner skin, you might like that better!
- Cannellini beans (I have a recipe called “How to cook canned Cannellini beans“
- Navy Beans
- White Beans
CAN PINTO BEANS BE FROZEN?
Yes, after you cook your pinto beans, feel free to freeze them. When you thaw them, they might be a little bit more mushy but they will still taste delicious!
CAN PINTO BEANS BE COOKED AHEAD OF TIME?
Yes, pintos keep in the refrigerator just fine and even taste better on the second day!
WHAT GOES WITH PINTO BEANS?
You will definitely want some Southern Cornbread or Mexican Cornbread with your pinto beans.
Then, of course, there is Collard Greens and chicken and dumplings
How about Banana Pudding? All of these are delicious and perfect southern meal favorites?
HOW CAN I EASILY MAKE PINTO BEANS?
Follow this recipe for how to make canned pinto beans?
HOW DO I MAKE PINTO BEANS WITHOUT MEAT?
So simple! Use the Better than Bouillon that is vegetarian and leave off the bacon. Instead, add a few drops of liquid smoke and your beans will taste like GOLD!
MORE PINTO BEANS RECIPES FROM LOAVES AND DISHES!
How to Season Pinto Beans
How to Cook Canned Pinto Beans
How to Cook Pinto Beans on the Stovetop
Pinto Bean Soup
Would You Love to Cook the PERFECT Southern Dinner?
IMAGINE YOU, COOKING THESE! YOU CAN DO IT TOO!
Southern Sweet Tea
Served with (choose one)
Chicken Fried Steak or
Chicken Pie or
Marinated Pork Chops
Southern Cooked Cabbage
Add A little Yum Yum Sauce
Deviled Eggs made with this Easy Peel Hard Boiled Egg
And finish it all off with…
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A VERSE TO SHARE
As I am writing this, I am contemplating a BIG HIKE that I will do this coming weekend. By the time you read this, THE HIKE will be over but for me, right now as I write this, the hike is in the future.
This weekend, my old college girlfriends and I are hiking Mt. LeConte which is 5 miles straight up into the heavens. We will be staying overnight at a cabin at the top that has No electric and No water. There are No cell phone towers. It will be Just us and the great outdoors. I am praying, “Please God, no bears. I will only have one change of underwear”.
The number of text messages that have chimed back and forth between NC, TN and KY is really unbelievable. We have been planning this trip for MONTHS and we have discussed EVERYTHING that can be discussed – shoes, socks, underwear, bras, back packs, food, water, broken toes.
This is a hike to commemorate our 50th birthdays. I mean, seriously, if you can brave a 5 mile high mountain, you can brave 50, right? Right!.
What does all of that have to do with a verse to share? A lot.
WHAT DOES ALL OF THAT HAVE TO DO WITH A VERSE TO SHARE?
I’ve been praying about this trip too. Praying that I’ll have the stamina to make it. Praying that my junk knee will hold out. Praying that my clumsy self doesn’t tumble off the mountain. Praying that I make it to the top.
The main thing I need to remember is WHO has my back. Not only do I have a gang of 10 of my bestest friends in the whole world. I’ve got Jesus by my side. He walked on water, he saved the masses, he turned 2 loaves into 7, he healed the sick and most importantly, he rose from the dead – he saved us all. Therefore, there is no way I can be lost – right? My tiny little struggles are nothing that he can’t handle.
Hopefully, by the time you read this, I will be safely back home – hugging Mr. Loaves and Dishes, chatting with my kids on the phone, cooking up something in my kitchen and playing with my new puppy Bad Leroy Brown.
In times like this, remember Psalm 32 Verse 8.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
and I will counsel you with my loving eye on you
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life and I will advise you and watch over you”.
Either one, I’ll take it Lord. Amen.