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Southern Pinto Beans Recipe

A bowl of pinto beans with a cake of cornbread

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In this post I’ll be sharing a classic Southern Pinto Beans Recipe.

 
In the south, pinto beans aren’t just used as a side dish, they can be the whole meal. I love a bowl of pintos with fresh chopped onion sprinkled on top and a slice of cornbread. Add a side of pan fried potatoes and my oh my, that is some good eating y’all!
 
Dry beans are very economical. Leftovers are delicious or you can use them to create a new dish. You can add meat, such as ham pieces or sliced smoked sausage as variations. Use leftovers in a pot of chili or mash them up and make refried beans. Some people even add chopped vegetables during cooking such as celery and onion.

Pinto Beans and Ham

 
Ingredients
 
  • 1 lb Dry Pinto Beans
  • 4 c Water, for soaking
  • Ham Hock, Salt Pork, or Bacon Pieces (to flavor beans during cooking)
  • 4-6 c Water or Stock, for cooking
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

How to Season Beans

Pinto beans ready to be cooked

How to Cook Pintos on the Stove

Sort through beans to make sure that they are free of any small stones, dirt, or other foreign pieces that may have made their way into the beans during harvesting.

Give the beans a rinse, add to a bowl and cover with 4 cups of water. Soak the beans overnight.

Discard the water used for soaking and give the beans a rinse.

Add beans to a stock pot along with 4 cups of water, or stock for extra flavor, and ham hock. You can use salt pork or bacon pieces for flavor as well if you prefer. Add extra liquid to the beans as they cook if needed.

Simmer beans over a medium heat for 2 hours or until desired tenderness.

At the end of cooking time, season with salt and pepper. Other seasonings can be used to taste if desired such as cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder to add the flavors you enjoy.

Best Pinto Beans Recipe

A bowl of pinto beans with a cake of cornbread
 

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blue and white bowl with pinto beans on a red and white tablecloth
 

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Yield: 1 Pot of Beans

Southern Pinto Beans

Southern Pinto Beans

Classic Southern pinto beans with seasoning meat cooked on the stove top. Enjoy pinto beans as a meal or as a side dish.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 12 hours
Total Time 14 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Dry Pinto Beans
  • 4 c Water, for soaking
  • Ham Hock, Salt Pork, or Bacon Pieces (to flavor beans during cooking)
  • 4-6 c Water or Stock, for cooking
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Sort through beans to make sure that they are free of any small stones, dirt, or other foreign pieces that may have made their way into the beans during harvesting.
  2. Give the beans a rinse, add to a bowl and cover with 4 cups of water. Soak the beans overnight.
  3. Discard the water used for soaking and give the beans a rinse.
  4. Add beans to a stock pot along with 4 cups of water, or stock for extra flavor, and ham hock. You can use salt pork or bacon pieces for flavor as well if you prefer. Add extra liquid to the beans as they cook if needed.
  5. Simmer beans over a medium heat for 2 hours or until desired tenderness.
  6. At the end of cooking time, season with salt and pepper. Other seasonings can be used to taste if desired such as cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder to add the flavors you enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g
Southern Pinto Beans Recipe
 
 

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Easy Peasy Life Matters
    December 3, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    This sounds so amazingly good! Just perfect for a picnic! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Barbara Lovin
    December 10, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    To help de-gas dried beans, add a teaspoon or so of ginger, AND a teaspoon of savory while cooking. Also, sprinkle some baking soda over the beans towards the end of the cooking time and stir. Note: the water will quickly foam, so be ready to stir to keep it from foaming over the top. In addition to helping with the gas, this will also soften the beans if they are still a little hard.

  • Reply
    Babzy Q
    February 1, 2018 at 8:10 am

    When soaking beans overnight, do I store them in the fridge or just keep them on the counter for all those hours? Also, what is the least AND the most soaking time I can do? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      February 1, 2018 at 8:22 am

      I cover the beans and place them in the refrigerator to soak overnight. You can soak anywhere from 8-24 hours.

  • Reply
    Babzy
    February 2, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

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