Pinto Beans are a healthy, cost-effective way to feed a family on a budget. Almost every culture features beans in its cuisine, from Asian to Tex-Mex. An ideal blend of proteins, low cholesterol fibers, carbohydrates, minimum fats, all essential minerals and vitamins in sufficient quantities make Pinto Beans a doctor’s food. Not only that, the raw and mouth-watering taste makes it an hearty pleasure as well. Pinto Beans are a superior source of two important B vitamins–thiamine (vitamin B1) and pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and many beneficial minerals containing molybdenum, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, and copper which helps our body to be healthy and fit. Pinto Beans provide about 74% of the recommended daily consumption of fiber per cup.
New Mexico uses the pinto bean, the frijoles, as the official state vegetable, along with the red chili, which often accompanies the bean in local cuisine. Dove Creek, Colorado is the Pinto Bean Capital of the World. Pinto Beans have a beige background strewn with reddish brown splashes of color. They are like little painted canvases. In Spanish they are called frijol pinto, literally painted bean. When cooked, their colored splotches disappear, and they become a beautiful pink color with a delightfully creamy texture.