Easy Pinto Beans for Soup or Refried Beans

I made some very simple and very delicious pinto beans yesterday from Feed Your Family Fast, Healthy Meals on $10 a Day. After rinsing them off a few times, I did not soak them but just cooked longer since I was in and out of the house all day and that suited my schedule better.

Pinto Beans

Cook up some pinto beans with an onion, a ham hock and chili powder. Eat as is or turn them into refried beans.

  • 1 pound pinto beans
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 ham hock (could also use a few strips of bacon)

Put the beans in a pot, remembering that they will swell to about 3 times their dried state once cooked. Cover with two inches of water.

Add the onion, chili powder, and ham hock. Bring to a boil, stir everything, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover loosely and cook until done.

Mine took about 3-4 hours. If you've soaked the beans overnight, they'll take about half that time.

I served them as is, like a simple bean soup. Very delicious and about as cheap and delicious as you could hope for! At about 10 servings per pound of beans and a 1.50 for the ham hock, the base price for this is about 30 cents a serving. Make up a batch of cornbread to go with it and you have a great simple dinner.

Tonight I’m going to take some of the beans out, fry and mash them in some bacon grease, and make refried beans for chalupas.



  1. Anonymous says:

    It is funny that something that was so good and good for you 60 years ago is still just as good and good for you today. I just sat down with my “bowl” and thought I would do a search about pinto beans while I ate. This is one nice stop in my journey while I ate my beans. Nice site. Great beans!

  2. Anonymous says:

    well i looked all over the wed for a good pinto bean soup, and i found this one. i also had it when i was growing up but my mother would out horse redish in it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    My mother also made Soup Beans for us and I love them. Now for my family I serve them in a bowl over rice and either add salsa or a little hot sauce.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I remember eating them this way when i was growing up.


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