This recipe for our easy classic pinto beans is super simple and only needs a couple of ingredients. Beans are a staple in our house, and they pair nicely with about any taco, fajita or enchilada dish you are having! Check out this easy and delicious pinto bean recipe.
Our Favorite Main Dishes to have with Pinto Beans
Tips for Cooking Pinto Beans
- Fresh beans are a must! Arturo grew up with his mom buying beans in bulk from local farmer in New Mexico and know we do the same. Arturo’s Mom gets us 15 pounds of beans for the year. The farm that we purchase our beans from is Schwebach Farms.
- You can cook beans on the stove top, in the crock pot or a pressure cooker.
- Put a half of a lemon juice or a potato to cut the gas in the beans.
- You must clean your beans first. To clean them, put them on a table and sort out any rocks, bad beans or dirt.
- We like to cook ours with a spoonful of lard, however you can use shortening if that is what you have in your pantry.
Dry Pinto Beans
Lemon or potato
Salt and pepper
How to Cook Pinto Beans
Begin by cleaning your beans.
If cooking on the stove top place in a small pot and cover with water. Season with salt, pepper, lard and lemon.
Cover and simmer on a low heat for at least 4 hours or until the beans are soft.
If cooking in a slow cooker, use the same method as above however it will take longer for the beans to cook, such as 4-5 hours on high and 8 hours on low.
*Make sure you check your beans as they cook, so they don’t run dry. If you are cooking in a slow cooker and leaving them to cook while you leave the house add extra water.
We hope you enjoy our easy classic pinto beans.
Classic Pinto Beans
- 1 cup pinto beans
- 1/2 Lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lard
- salt and paper to taste
- Begin by cleaning your beans.
- If cooking on the stovetop place in a small pot and cover with water.
- Season with salt, pepper, lard, and lemon.
- Cover and simmer on a low heat for at least 4 hours or until the beans are soft.
- If cooking in a slow cooker, use the same method as above however it will take longer for the beans to cook, such as 4-5 hours on high and 8 hours on low.