Santa Maria Pinquito Beans

Santa Maria Pinquito Beans
Regarding BBQ, Inc.
  • Total: 14 hrs 30 mins
  • Prep: 12 hrs
  • Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
230 Calories
9g Fat
11g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 230
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 1148mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 25g
Calcium 59mg 5%
*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.)

Pinquito beans are native to the Santa Maria Valley in Southern California. They are a cross between a small pink and a small white bean. The are available for purchase online or you can substitute pinto beans. These beans are the traditional side dish of Santa Maria Barbecue.


  • 1 pound (450 g) pinquito beans, washed
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) of pureed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) cubed ham
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) dry mustard

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Soak pinquito beans in lots of cold water overnight.
  3. Drain, rinse and place beans in a large pot.
  4. Cover with fresh water and simmer for 2 hours or until the beans become tender.
  5. Meanwhile, sauté ham in a skillet.
  6. Add garlic and continue until garlic browns.
  7. Add in remaining ingredients.
  8. Drain beans and return to pot.
  9. Stir in ham and sauce and mix until combined. Keep warm until served.