How to Season Pinto Beans

Want to know how to season pinto beans? We cover the best seasonings and meats to use in order to make a perfect pot of pinto beans.

Pinto beans, especially when served with some homemade cornbread is what I consider good ole fashioned comfort food. Over the years I've learned which seasons to use so that my beans turn our tasty every time. I've even test several different meats which all give the beans a unique taste. If you want to learn what I know and what some of my loyal fans know about seasoning pinto beans just read then information below.

How to Season Pinto Beans For Great Taste

Aug 17, 2017
Season beans at the very beginning (by: Deborrah)
Start with smoked ham shank, smoked turkey wings, ham hocks, etc (about 1.5 lbs to 1 pound of beans) in a mixture of water and chicken broth. Simmer for about an hour until meat is tender, then add in your beans. 

Also throw into the pot: 1 large chopped white onion, 1/2 a green pepper chopped, 2 cloves garlic minced, 1 small bay leaf, 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper. Simmer for an hour stirring occasionally.

Check pot, adding more liquid if it's too thick, then add seasoning salt of choice to taste and red pepper flakes if desired. (When you add salt too early in the cooking process, it makes the beans tough.)

Stir to blend and continue cooking until beans are tender, but still firm. 

Aug 04, 2018 
Favorite Bean Recipe (by: Anonymous) 
I add a packet of onion soup mix to my beans . Great flavor and we love it !

Jun 22, 2017
Peanut Butter And Pintos Anyone? (by: Larry Shelton) 
My ex-girlfriends mother cooked peanut butter in with her pinto beans and it was absolutely terrible. I'd rather drink kerosene. 

Dec 05, 2016
The best pinto beans on planet earth... (by: Anonymous)
When you cook your beans add a chunk of salt pork.
If you want thick broth, take a half cup of beans, about half of the salt pork, put it in the blender with some broth, blend it completely and pour it back in the beans...stir well.

Mar 30, 2015
Thanks (by: Susan) 
Yeah, I have been thinking about the same, as my children are usually complaining about its taste. I have tried some methods which I know myself to season the Pinto beans, but still they don’t taste any better.

Sep 12, 2013
Peanut Butter Trick (by: NM) 
An elderly neighbor taught me 20 years ago to put peanut butter in my pintos as I cooked them, and it's a wonderful trick. Also, I think cooking very slowly in cast iron helps. After bringing to a boil, turn the heat way down low and add peanut butter, onions, salt and pepper (and fresh okra if you grow it). I've had guests who went out and bought a cast iron Dutch oven after eating my beans. But I really think it was the peanut butter. They didn't ask, though, so I didn't tell.

Sep 29, 2012
Good pinto bean (by: Anonymous) 
I cook my pinto beans in just chicken broth and use a smoked turkey wing or leg, great flavor and I cook in a crock pot on low heat over night.

Apr 05, 2012 
For Good Beans (by: Cecil)  
Another way is to put in a good ham bone. The next time you have a ham, save the bone and freeze it until you are ready to cook your beans. If you have a Honey Baked ham store in your area they also sell ham bones. Cost depends on the size of the bone.
Add a whole onion chopped, a couple of clove of garlic, and season to taste.

Feb 28, 2012
The Best Pinto Beans Ever (by: Anonymous) 
For a pound of dried pintos, I use a ham hock, 1 bay leaf, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon creole seasoning. I slow cook the ingredients on the stove, not in crock pot and the results are still delicious.

Jun 29, 2011
Best beans (by: DD) 
You may laugh but for great beans add a big spoon of creamy peanut butter salt and pepper. And if you like your beans thick cook them then put in fridge over night.

Mar 03, 2010
Tasty Pinto Beans (by: Anonymous) 
We always get a dried chili pod and throw it in there with some onion and some garlic. We've also done the quick method with FIESTA PINTO BEAN SEASONING.....All in there and you just put some in to taste! Yummy!

Mar 03, 2009
Tasty Pinto Beans (by: Anonymous) 
You have a tasty pinto recipe. I have made it! I like to add red pepper flakes or hot sauce near the end of cooking. 

Pass the cornbread!

Jan 22, 2009
How To Cook Pinto Beans (by: Soul Food Chef )
I recommend adding a ham hock to your pinto beans for some additional flavor. Here is the recipe that I use that my family loves.

Pinto Beans

Building on the pinto bean recipe above all you have to do is boil your ham hock for about an hour or two and then add you dried pinto beans and slow cook them until the are tender.