Pinquito Beans

Pinto Beans

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  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: About 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
229 Calories
1g Fat
43g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 229
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 315mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 11g 41%
Protein 14g
Calcium 129mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These simple pinquito beans are traditionally served as part of Santa Maria Barbecue: grilled tri-tip steak, piquinto beans, salsa fresca, tossed green salad, and garlic bread.


  • 1 pound pinquito beans (or other small beans)
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 2 tomatoes (peeled and chopped or 3/4 cup pureed tomato)
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

Steps to Make It

  1. Put the beans in a very large bowl, cover with cool water, and let soak overnight or use the ​quick soak method.

  2. Drain the beans and put them in a large pot. Cover the beans by at least 2 inches of water and bring to a boil.

  3. Add the salt, reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer, and cook until the beans are tender to the bite but not mushy. Time will vary from 20 minutes to over an hour depending on the variety of bean and how old they are, among other factors.

  4. Remove from the heat and reserve 1 cup of the bean cooking liquid.

  5. Drain the beans and return them to the pot with the reserved liquid.

  6. Add the tomatoes, garlic, brown sugar, chili sauce, dry mustard, and salt to taste.

  7. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cook until the flavors blend about 10 minutes.