One Pot Pinto Beans Recipe -
One Pot Pinto Beans Recipe
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One Pot Pinto Beans

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"No need to soak these beans! Very simple. These pinto beans are somewhat like refried beans without the frying. They are creamy and easy to make in no time. No messy clean up with these beans"

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 15 mins


  1. Combine water, condensed chicken broth, beans, garlic, onion, and crushed red pepper flakes into a large saucepan; season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer; cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are soft, about 3 1/2 hours. You may need to add additional water to keep the beans from drying out.
  2. Mash cooked beans with a potato masher to desired consistency. Stir in mozzarella and pico de gallo before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 09, 2009

Great recipe and super easy, I had everything in my cupboards! The recipe calls for way too much salt (come on... 5 TABLESPOONS?! You're kidding right?) so I added about 3 tsp and that was perfect. Next time, I will use 1 Tablespoon of pepper instead of 2; there was too much pepper flavor. I used the Crock Pot to cook this. Cooking on High for about 4 hours should work. Just make sure to check water level constantly, as it dries up much faster than on the stove. I think I ended up using 10 cups of water total, and it was deliscious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 28, 2011

More like 6 hours for soft beans, with the 2 minute boil and 1 hour rest.

Aug 14, 2009

UPDATE: Made again with 5 teaspoons salt instead (could still almost use a bit less)- turned out great. Again, just used the food processor and added water until I got the consistency I wanted. Makes quite a lot so I separated into containers and froze some. Was excellent for adding to a quesadilla - lots of versatility and were delicious. With the change to these modifications I now give it 5 stars. This has potential to be a great recipe but TELL me the salt content was a typo? I followed the recipe exactly trusting that 5TBsp salt would somehow mellow out in the beans. It did not. They were WAY too salty and we could not eat them. However, the overall flavor (minus the salt) was great! I did find though that a potato masher was not great for getting them to a creamy consistency, I put them through my food processor and added more water until they were the consistency I was looking for. Next time will try with 5 teaspoons of salt maybe?

Dec 10, 2009

These are absolutely declicious - after soaking the beans overnight, which I'd done before finding this recipe, I let mine cook all day in the crockpot and came home to the MOST delicious smell!! They're terrific and I'll bet they'd be good on tortillas, too! Love them thanks so much.

Jan 13, 2011

The amount of salt in this recipe has been corrected.

Sep 08, 2009

Not only was this super easer, but really good. I probably only used about 2 tsp of salt for the whole pot. I didn't even bother mashing them, just served them as is.

Jan 25, 2010

I made these the other day - I wanted something simple and tasty without the overnight soaking. This recipe really delivered! I halved the recipe to only 8 servings, which is plenty for us. I made only a couple of changes - I used only 3t of salt (and it was plenty!) yellow onion as that is what I had and I used vegetable broth as the initial broth because I did not want an overwhelming 'chicken' flavor. As I added needed liquid - I used half water and half chicken stock, which worked out well. I would give this recipe 5 stars easily, if it did not call for 5T of salt. That is far too much in my opinion - next time I make it, I will even reduce my 3t to 2t as the broth adds some salt. Once the beans were ready, I mashed about 2/3 of the beans with a potato masher, added some shredded Colby Jack, a bit of milk and some hot sauce - served as "refried" without all the extra work and they tasted fantastic!

May 28, 2011

I used the recipe to cook beans to make refried beans. I mainly just followed the measurements. About half way through cooking I had to add about 4 more cups of water because they were getting too dry though they were in my dutch oven. After that I kept cooking them til reduced and they were soft and creamy like restaurant-style refried beans. I used about half the amount of garlic (but next time I'll go ahead and use the full amount) and a whole yellow onion because it was all I had. Instead of adding mozzarella cheese I used 1/3 round "brick" of quesadilla cheese. I sauteed the onion in a tablespoon of bacon grease and 2 teaspoons of cumin, 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of marjoram and 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. I used about 2 teaspoons of salt at the beginning and added another teaspoon at the end and for us, that was plenty salty. I'll definitely make this again. I had about 10-12 cups of cooked, refried beans and very little work. You just have to check on it to make sure the beans aren't getting too dry or sticking/scorching. (I read in a review that you should only add hot water/broth to beans after they've started and I did that and my beans were very creamy and smooth)


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  • Calories
  • 252 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 3.2 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 9 g
  • 36%
  • Protein
  • 16.4 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 328 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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