How to Cook Pinto Beans

Pinto beans are a versatile food because they are filling, delicious enough to stand alone, and can also be added to a number of recipes. They are packed full of protein, vitamins and minerals, and are a great option for folks who want to add protein to their diet. So this popular bean has something for everyone! They are relatively simple to cook, but for those who are new to pinto beans, or those seeking some new inspiration, let’s take a look at how to cook them properly, in one of our favorite recipes:

Homemade Refried Beans 

This simple yet delicious recipe belongs in your list of go-tos.  You can easily indulge in this bean dish as a quick snack, or as a side dish at your next party.


You’ll be happy to see that this recipe doesn’t require complex ingredients. Check out this simple list!

2 cups Honeyville Pinto Beans

3/4 cups Honeyville Dehydrated Onions

3 tbsp Canola or Vegetable Oil

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Chef Tess Southwest Fajita Seasoning Blend

Salt and Pepper

Other spices to taste (Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, etc.)


1. Rinse and sort the beans. Removing any broken beans. Remember to soak the beans overnight before cooking.

2. Drain the beans before adding in the onions, cumin, and Chef Tess Seasoning. Place in a pressure cooker.

3. Add vegetable oil and 6 cups of water and stir.

4. Lock and seal the pressure cooker.

5. Cook on high for 25 minutes and use Natural Release Method.

6. Drain the beans and allow them to cool before mashing.


  • If you didn’t pre-soak the beans, then you’ll need to increase the cooking time to 30-35 minutes.

  • Adding oil will prevent the beans from foaming at the top.

  • You can use a potato masher for a thicker consistency, but if you prefer a smoother dip, then place the cooked beans in a food processor.

  • Wait until beans have cooked before adding salt, as this could prevent the beans from cooking properly.

Cooking with pinto beans is not a difficult process. In fact many recipes, such as this one, require a pressure cooker, making them a low maintenance way to make a meal. The process is fairly simple, and the result is downright delicious. 

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