Beans Beans the Magic Fruit~

pinto beansWe make a pot of pinto beans every week! They are an awesome protein source that can be used in a variety of different recipes. They are extremely inexpensive and freeze really well so you can make them ahead and portion them out into dinner sized containers. You can also buy them canned which is still inexpensive but I prefer to buy dry beans and prepare them myself. We actually go through a ~20lb Costco bag about every month or so.

 

 

 

Step 1
Soak your beans overnight

Place the amount of pinto beans you wish to prepare and cover them with water. Let them sit overnight. This will break the cell walls and will allow the beans to cook a lot faster. Drain and rinse them well.

pinto beans after soaking

pinto beans after soaking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I forgot to soak my beans!!!!!”

Ok, so you need to make beans and you forgot to soak them. Not all is lost. You can boil them for an hour, drain and rinse them and then proceed.

Directions

  • Add beans to your cooking device, cover with water and season with salt, pepper and garlic.

Cooking options

  • Stovetop Boiling: Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for ~2 hours
  • For the crock pot: Slow cook on low either overnight or all day ~8 hours
  • Pressure cooker: if you do not have a ‘beans’ setting, cook on high for 30 min.

 

Directions

  • Add beans to your cooking device, cover with water and season with salt, pepper and garlic.
  • For the pressure cooker, if you do not have a ‘beans’ setting, cook on high for 30 min.BeansFigure4

Processing Options

  • Leave the beans whole Whole Pinto Beans
  • Drain some of the liquid and pulse with an immersible blender to make ‘refried beans’. No need to add fat
    cooked pinto beans

    From Whole Beans

    To 'refried' NO FAT ADDED!

    To ‘refried’ NO FAT ADDED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pinto beans whole or refried

Recipes

Beans are an excellent component for so many recipes. I’ve listed a few below:

  • Tacos
  • Bean burritos
  • Quesadillas
  • Frito pie
  • Green chile stew
  • Enchiladas

 

 

 

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