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HOW TO COOK CANNED PINTO BEANS

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Side view of a bowl of hot beans in The Secret to Perfect Old Fashioned Pinto Beans

Side shot – hello beans!

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HAVE YOU BEEN DOCTORING YOUR PINTO BEANS?…

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A photo of a heavy cast iron orange colored pot for cooking beans for how to cook canned pinto beans

Magic Bean pot

THE STEPS FOR DOCTORING CANNED PINTO BEANS…

Is doctoring the right word? I don’t know, that is what my grandma, mom and aunt always called it. Anyway, I’m hoping you know what I mean by saying, “Canned beans need a little doctoring”.

You will need to…

  1. Add some oil or butter or both.
  2. Try adding flavor items (like bacon, onion, garlic)
  3. Definitely add some seasoning (salt and pepper)
  4. Most canned veggies need a little sugar, seriously, add just a tad.
  5. That’s it! You are good to go!

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR HOW TO COOK CANNED PINTO BEANS

  • It is important to do your cooking math! One can of beans feeds about 2 people, so if you are feeding more people simply divide the number of people you have by 2 and that’s how many cans you need.
  • Just increase the other ingredients by however many cans of beans you need to use to feed your family.
  • Always drain the liquid off of the pinto beans before doing anything else. Some might say there is flavor in that liquid, but honestly, most of the time I think that liquid doesn’t taste very good. It isn’t the type of flavor I look for in my bean recipes!
  • Rinse the beans too if the liquid looks really thick and sticky. Sometimes it does. I don’t know why this happens, but if you are in question, then put your beans in a colander or strainer and rinse them off with cold tap water.
  • In the recipe, I give instructions for adding onion, garlic and bacon. All of those are great ingredients but not entirely necessary if you don’t have them available. What is necessary is salt, pepper and a tiny bit of sugar.

CANNED PINTO BEANS…

  • Canned beans are already cooked enough. You actually could just eat them right out of the can but who would want to do that? We want to add a little flavor here instead.
  • There is a tiny bit of hot sauce in my beans which isn’t enough hot sauce to burn your mouth, it is enough to give your tongue something interesting to experience. If you are sensitive to hot stuff, feel free to leave it off.
  • When you serve your pinto beans, keep in mind that a lot of people like fresh chopped onion and hot sauce with their beans. This adds a little crunch and spice to the beans and is a nice addition. How about adding some crunchy bacon sprinkled on top for another nice addition?
  • You are going to be asking yourself, “Why in the world would I add sugar to beans?”. I’ll just give you the final answer, our tongues like to taste a little something sweet combined with salty and smoky, it just makes everything turn out right.

    Close up of the beans in the pan

    Hello Pinto Beans!

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TOOLS I USE IN MY KITCHEN

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Served with (choose one)

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And…

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THE RECIPE FOR HOW TO COOK CANNED PINTO BEANS

A view from above of a bowl of beans for HOW TO COOK PINTO BEANS ON THE STOVE TOP

HOW TO COOK CANNED PINTO BEANS

This recipe explains how to turn canned pinto beans into a delicious side dish to be proud of
4.91 from 11 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: canned pinto beans, how to cook canned pinto beans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 167kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs cooking oil
  • ½ inch slice of yellow onion - chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 slice of bacon - cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup water ***See Pro Tip***
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp white granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp hot sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, heat 1 tbsp cooking oil over medium heat. When the oil is shimmery on the top add the chopped onion and garlic and saute until soft and nearly see through (about 2 minutes)
  • Add the bacon and cook together until the bacon is soft and nearly done.
  • Drain the liquid from the can of pinto beans
  • Now Add the pinto beans to the sauce pan and continue to heat over medium heat.
  • Add 1/2 cup fresh water to the pinto beans
  • Put the butter, sugar, hot sauce, salt and pepper in and heat till bubbly.
  • Taste before serving and add more salt and pepper if needed.  Garnish with chopped onion and hot sauce

Notes

  • It is important to do your cooking math!  One can of beans feeds about 2 people, so if you are feeding more people simply divide the number of people you have by 2 and that's how many cans you need.
  • Just increase the other ingredients by however many cans of beans you need to use to feed your family.
  • Always drain the liquid off of the pinto beans before doing anything else.  Some might say there is flavor in that liquid, but honestly, most of the time I think that liquid doesn’t taste very good.  It isn’t the type of flavor I look for in my bean recipes!
  • Rinse the beans too if the liquid looks really thick and sticky.  Sometimes it does. I don’t know why this happens, but if you are in question, then put your beans in a colander or strainer and rinse them off with cold tap water.
  • In the recipe, I give instructions for adding onion, garlic and bacon.  All of those are great ingredients but not entirely necessary if you don’t have them available.  What is necessary is salt, pepper and a tiny bit of sugar.
PRO TIP:  To add a MORE flavor to your beans, use chicken stock instead of a 1/2 cup of water OR add 1 bullion cube plus 1/2 cup water and hold the salt until you taste, then add salt if needed.  

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
HOW TO COOK CANNED PINTO BEANS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 687mg29%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A VERSE TO SHARE

Luke 6: 27-36

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.

Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.Do to others as you would have them do to you.

IF YOU LOVE THOSE WHO LOVE YOU…

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.  

And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.

Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

 

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Esteban

Wednesday 24th of March 2021

to season my canned pinto beans ( I do canned beans because there are only 2 people and we don't eat them every day ) If I have bacon grease I put in less than a teaspoon, then I grind black pepper in when the grease melts and let it heat up a little. I then open the can of beans and dump the beans into pot, liquid too. On medium heat I heat the beans till they start to boil and let them boil for 5 minutes. I turn the heat down to low and put 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, 1/2 tsp of onion powder and a touch of cumin into the beans, stir. Turn the heat up till it began to boil, shut the heat off and let it stand for couple of minutes so the flavors marry, If I don't have bacon grease I use butter

Tim H

Sunday 14th of March 2021

Wonderful recipe! I came across this looking for some other ideas of what to do with pinto beans as they are a real favorite. I've never cared for the canned baked beans they sell as they can be pretty thick, so I what I do is use a can of pintos (sauce included) add a tad of water, my favorite BBQ sauce and a few tsps of brown sugar to make my pinto beans with a bit of liquid in it. Sometimes if I want to kick it up I'll dust it with cayenne. Glad I found this site. I will have to check out some other ideas!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 14th of March 2021

Hi Tim, I'm glad you stopped by!

Jim S

Friday 19th of February 2021

Your tips are great,thanks. The most important takeaways are to drain the beans and add a little sweetener. I usually use vinegar instead of sugar but either work fine. Another variation to try is to add a little olive oil instead of butter. I like to season mine with Badia Sazon Completa (found in in the Latin foods section of most supermarkets).

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 20th of February 2021

Thanks Jim. I use the Badia sometimes too for other things and it is really good.

Tracy

Monday 30th of November 2020

I would give this 10 stars if I could! We love these beans, thank you for your recipe.

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Thanks Tracy! I'm so glad that ya'll loved it!

Cathy Krueger

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Not having grown up in the South I only know I love pinto beans. I just made this very easy recipe and it's perfect Would not have thought of that little bit of sugar but I think it makes all the difference.

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Thanks Cathy, I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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