Hello Zeromedia, we all love a warm and comforting bowl of pinto beans. They are versatile, budget-friendly and packed with nutrients. However, cooking them can be intimidating for beginners. Don’t worry, in this article we will guide you through the process step by step. Let’s get started.
Before we start cooking, let’s gather all the necessary ingredients.
- 2 cups dried pinto beans
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 cups of water
Preparing the Beans
- Rinse the beans in a colander, removing any debris or rocks
- Soak the beans overnight in a large bowl, covering them with water
- Drain and rinse the beans again before cooking
Cooking the Beans
Now that we have our ingredients and the beans are prepped, let’s start cooking.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat
- Add diced onions and garlic, sauté until soft
- Add drained beans, salt, pepper, and water
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer
- Cover the pot and let simmer for 1-2 hours, or until the beans are tender
Congratulations, your pinto beans are now ready. Here are some serving suggestions:
- Enjoy as a side dish with rice and avocado
- Add to a burrito or taco
- Make a hearty soup with vegetables and spices
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to soak the beans overnight?
While not mandatory, soaking the beans overnight will help them cook evenly and reduce cooking time.
Can I use canned pinto beans instead of dried?
Yes, canned beans are a convenient option, but keep in mind they may contain added sodium.
How do I store leftover beans?
Let the beans cool to room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the beans for up to 3 months.
Goodbye for now, we hope you enjoy your warm and delicious bowl of pinto beans. Stay tuned for more interesting articles.