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Southern Pinto Beans Recipe – Smoky ham and hearty pinto beans made completely from scratch with the right spices. Paprika and chili powder provide the perfect amount of heat, while oregano and cumin fill your kitchen with mouth-watering aromas.

There’s something so comforting about steaming Southern pinto beans and soft cornbread. Soul food for victory.

I’ve eaten beans countless times in my life. It’s filling, nutritious, and economical. Soaking dried pinto beans in water overnight is a good method, but there are alternatives to speed up the cooking process.

Hearty Southern Pinto Beans with Cornbread

What are pinto beans?

The famous bean in the southern United States and northern Mexico gets its name from the Spanish language focus (meaning painting). And this soul food staple, whether dry, raw, or canned, is supreme comfort. Plus, would a meal be authentically Southern without pinto beans and cornbread?

recipe ingredients

What You Need for Southern Pinto Beans
  1. dried pinto beans – The star of the show is a great source of protein and fiber and low in fat.
  2. ham hock – Intense meaty flavors complete the overall smoky flavor profile. But leftover ham, chicken, or bacon are just as good.
  3. seasoning – Onions, garlic, bay leaves and oregano give this dish its extraordinary flavor. Creole seasoning, chili powder and smoked paprika enhance the flavor with a tingling heat. Of course, to your liking.
  4. chicken broth – For the best flavor, the real chicken essence from the broth is a winner. However, water can always be used if desired.

How to make Southern Pinto Beans

Soak them, cook ham hocks, sauté seasonings

prepare the ingredients

  • immerse – Rinse the dry pinto beans, remove the insides and discard any foreign matter. Place beans in a large pot and cover with 3 to 4 inches of cold water. Cover and leave for 8 hours or overnight. (Photo 1-2)
  • cook the ham – Start by covering the ham hocks in a large pot with water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1½ to 2 hours (until the meat falls off the bone). Allow to cool and then cut the meat into bite-sized pieces. (Photos 3-4)
  • Sauté – In a large, thick-bottomed pot, sauté the chopped ham hocks for 4-5 minutes. (Photo 5)
  • fry the seasoning – Add onions, garlic, oregano, creole seasoning, chili spice, smoked paprika and bay leaves. Then sauté for 3-5 minutes until the onions are softened and fragrant. (Photo 6-7)
Combine all ingredients and simmer until soft

cook the beans

  • add beans – Drain, rinse and place the soaked beans in a pot. Stir for 1-2 minutes. (Photo 8)
  • heat – Add about 5 cups of water or chicken broth (enough to cover the beans) and bring to a boil. (Photo 9)
  • simmer – Reduce heat and simmer for at least 55 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Adjust consistency – Add stock or water to desired thickness. The texture of the beans is rich and slightly creamy, but not watery.
  • final seasoning – Remove bay leaves. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. (Photo 10)
  • serve Garnish with green onions or cilantro along with cornbread or cooked rice.
Serve a bowl of comforting pinto beans

recipe variations

  1. more vegetables – Tomatoes, peppers, carrots, celery, the options are endless! Add nutrients as well as color and texture.
  2. hard – Squeeze your water bottle while you level up the spiciness with habanero, jalapeno, scotch bonnet, or serrano peppers.
  3. Variety of dishesslow cooker pinto beans take If soaked, slow down for 6-8 hours When 8-10 hours at low temperature without soaking. Southern Pinto Beans Take 25-30 minutes so Pressure cookerIt’s okay if you forget to soak it.

tips and tricks

  1. Traditional cooking involves adding a tablespoon of vinegar to the soaking water. Soaking them overnight is standard, but 24 hours is even better.
  2. The longer you cook the beans, the softer the beans and the thicker the gravy.It all depends on your taste.
  3. Forgot to soak your beans? You can quickly soak it or cook it as it is, so you can rest assured. Add beans to a large pot of boiling water (8 cups of water per pound of dry beans) and boil for 2 minutes. Then turn off heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain the beans, rinse, and cook according to recipe.
  4. The jury is out as to whether the salt should be added before the beans are softened or after they are softened. However, adding salt at an early stage prevents the starch in the beans from breaking down and prevents the beans from becoming soft.
  5. Crush a clove of garlic and half an onion and put them in the water before soaking them to make the beans even tastier.

Pro tip: Kidney beans are the only edible beans I know that absolutely need to be soaked before cooking.

Preparation and storage method

Pinto beans are an excellent take-ahead recipe.So soak two batches and freeze half of it in serving size portions. Frozen for 5 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in the microwave or oven.

Transfer the cooked beans to an airtight container or freezer-safe resealable bag. 4 days refrigerated if stored properly.

Delicious Southern Pinto Beans

Frequently Asked Questions

pinto vs black beans

Pinto and black beans provide about the same nutrition, but pinto beans contain slightly more carbohydrates. Pinto beans are a great choice for refried beans, as they have a milder flavor and are softer.

How long does it take to cook pinto beans?

Depends on freshness, steeping time and altitude. Soaked beans will take about 1 hour on the stovetop, 6-8 hours in the crockpot, and 15 minutes in the pressure cooker. It takes 30 minutes.

What can I add to pinto beans for flavor?

Pinto beans naturally absorb the flavor of whatever you put in the pan. Spices such as creole seasonings, chili powder, cumin, paprika and aromatics are great flavor enhancers. Ham or bacon is a given 😉

What to eat with Southern Pinto Beans

This Southern-style pinto bean recipe has a spicy, earthy, nutty flavor that pairs well with the equally exquisite dishes below.

  1. skillet cornbread
  2. collard green
  3. fried okra
  4. smoked pork loin
  5. grilled corn

Try more healthy bean recipes

  1. Caribbean Rice and Beans
  2. beef tripe and beans
  3. refried beans
  4. ham and bean soup
  5. black bean soup

Conclusion

This Southern Pinto Beans recipe is hearty and delicious to soothe your soul. Want more super easy soul food recipes? Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date. 😉

see how to make

This blog post was originally published in September 2018 and has been updated with additional tips, new photos, and videos.

Southern Pinto Beans Recipe

Made completely from scratch with smoky ham and hearty pinto beans with the right spices. Paprika and chili powder provide the perfect amount of heat, while oregano and cumin fill your kitchen with mouth-watering aromas.

instructions

  • Rinse the dry pinto beans to remove any foreign matter and discard. Place beans in a large pot and cover with 3 to 4 inches of cold water. Cover and let stand for about 8 hours or overnight.

  • Start by covering the ham hocks in a large pot with water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1½ to 2 hours (until the meat falls off the bone). Allow to cool and then cut the meat into bite-sized pieces.

  • In a large, thick-bottomed pot or sauté pan, sauté the chopped ham hocks for 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Add the onion, garlic, oregano, creole seasoning, chili spice, smoked paprika, and bay leaf. Then sauté for 3-5 minutes until the onions are softened and fragrant.

  • Drain and rinse the soaked beans and place them in the pot. Stir for 1-2 minutes.

  • Add about 5 cups of water or chicken broth (enough to cover the beans) and bring to a boil.

  • Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 55 minutes more.

  • Add stock or water until desired thickness is achieved. The texture of the beans is rich and slightly creamy, but not watery.

  • Remove bay leaves. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

  • Serve with cornbread or steamed rice and garnish with green onions and cilantro.

Tips and notes:

  • Traditional cooking involves adding a tablespoon of vinegar to the soaking water. Soaking them overnight is standard, but 24 hours is even better.
  • The longer you cook the beans, the softer the beans and the thicker the gravy.It all depends on your taste.
  • Forgot to soak your beans? You can quickly soak it or cook it as it is, so you can rest assured. Add beans to a large pot of boiling water (8 cups of water per pound of dry beans) and boil for 2 minutes. Then turn off heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain the beans, rinse, and cook according to recipe.
  • The jury is out as to whether the salt should be added before the beans are softened or after they are softened. I think it depends on the beans.
  • Crush a clove of garlic and half an onion and put them in the water before soaking them to make the beans even tastier.
  • Please note that nutritional information is approximate and may vary significantly depending on the products used.

Nutrition Facts Table:

Serving: 1cup| | calorie: 407kcal (20%)| | carbohydrates: 54g (18%)| | protein: 29g (58%)| | obesity: 9g (14%)| | saturated fat: 3g (19%)| | Polyunsaturated fat: 1g| | Monounsaturated fat: Fourg| | cholesterol: 31mg (Ten%)| | sodium: 147mg (6%)| | potassium: 1437mg (41%)| | fiber: 13g (54%)| | sugar: Fourg (Four%)| | Vitamin A: 1201IU (twenty four%)| | Vitamin C: 32mg (39%)| | calcium: 121mg (12%)| | iron: Fivemg (28%)



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