The Pinto Bean is a speckled variety of common bean that is known for its creamy texture, mild flavor and ability to absorb flavors.
Sort and rinse thoroughly before soaking overnight. Rinse and place in a large pot, covered with fresh water. Bring water to a boil for 3 minutes, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 60 to 90 minutes, until tender. This bean produces foam when cooking, so skim the water regularly.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
In traditional Mexican cooking, the bean of choice for refrying is the pinto bean. Seasoned simply with garlic and salt and cooked in pork lard or bacon drippings, these smooth, creamy beans pack big flavor and can be served as a side or component of nearly any Mexican-inspired dish.