How to Cook Pinto Beans

I used to cook my pinto beans in a large crock pot overnight with garlic, onions, diced green Ortega chilies with all kinds of spices. It tasted good, but have decided lately to just make ‘plain old beans’ instead. I don’t want to make as big a deal out of making pinto beans as I used to. Obviously, this recipe is nothing elaborate; just plain old pinto beans (the way I like them.) Don’t forget eating beans will help you lose weight, too.

How to Cook Pinto Beans:

  • Boil two cups of pinto beans in a big 4 quart pot full of water
  • Turn off heat
  • Let beans soak in the hot water for an hour
  • Pour contents into colander and rinse in sink
  • Pour back in pot and fill with water over top beans
  • Bring to a boil, once again
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until tender
  • You might have to add a cup or two of water because dried beans suck it up as they cook
  • When done, rinse them off thoroughly in your colander, once more
  • They are ready to ladle into sandwich bags to freeze
  • That’s it, nothing fancy here!

*Note – I don’t use canned beans anymore, because it seems they are not as thoroughly cooked (canned has salt and other things.) Beans have Lectin and cooking beans longer tends to help neutralize their effect on our bodies (similar to choosing roasted nuts and seeds over raw.) Furthermore, dry beans are cheaper actually tasting better homemade!

We Love our Beans and Brown Rice!

I ladle the beans into sandwich bags and freeze them until I need to thaw one out. I usually eat beans for lunch and dinner with brown rice. It’s the stuff that sticks to your ribs. It’s healthy, easy to make and very economical. It’s my protein, although all fruits and vegetables have it in smaller amounts. Beans also have a good amount of fiber. You are eating plant based whole food here.

For my meals, I top it off with red or green enchilada sauce and green chopped Ortega chilies. I microwave two or three corn tortillas. I always have a large salad. I don’t use bottled salsas anymore because they have sugar added. The best way to do salsa is make yours homemade using your Cuisinart®.

Tip for reducing excess Gas! 

  • The longer you cook them the less gas you’ll have. Also, if you eat them frequently, your body adjusts and you’ll have less gas attacks. Also, rinsing the beans may help

About Steven Humphreys

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