The Appaloosa Bean is a hybrid legume related to pinto and red kidney beans. It is about 1/2 inch long, with unique half-ivory, half-speckled purple or mocha markings that fade, but remain distinct when cooked.
Carefully sort beans and rinse thoroughly. Soak for 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Rinse and place in a large pot, covered with fresh water. Bring water to a boil for 3 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour, or until tender.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Our Appaloosa Beans, with their unique markings and pinto-like flavor and texture, are ideal for the classic dish Frijoles Borrachos, which translates to “drunken beans.” Cooked with onions, garlic, beer and bacon, these beans pack a punch of flavor. Serve them on their own with tortillas or tortilla chips, or as a side dish to grilled steak or chicken.