Pinto Beans

I cannot even begin to tell you how many recipes I make from this one recipe. This is the ultimate no fuss simple food. There is almost no prep work needed for this recipe. Taco seasoning is readily available everywhere in the US and almost no other effort is needed to put this recipe together. When I have the time I also make my own version of homemade taco seasoning which I will post in this blog soon. I make a huge tub of pinto beans and use this mixture to make stuffed tortillas, burritos, fried rice, sandwich fillings etc. At any one time I will have a couple of tub of boiled beans in my fridge to do a quick, healthy, wholesome meal for the kids. This stores in the freezer wonderfully well whether you store it simply boiled or after you make the recipe @sarchakra

COOK TIME: 50 mins

PREP TIME: 5 mins

YIELDS: Serves or makes 4


  • Pinto beans 1 cup 
  • Oil 2 tbsp 
  • Salt
  • Turmeric 2 tsp 
  • Cumin seeds 1 tbsp 
  • Garlic powder 1 tbsp 
  • Onion flakes 2 tsp 
  • Taco seasoning 2 tbsp 
  • Tomato paste 3 tbsp 
  • Dried basil 1 tbsp 
  • Lime juice 3 tbsp 


  • Cook pinto beans with salt, turmeric and water till done. This process will take sooner if you pressure cook. If you do not have a pressure cooker, any deep bottomed pan will do. Keep aside.
  • In a pan heat oil. Put in cumin seeds. Sauté for a minute and then add tomato paste. Cook the tomato paste in the oil for a couple of minutes.
  • Add onion flakes and garlic powder. Add the cooked beans. Check seasoning. Cook till desired consistency. Turn the heat off.
  • Add dried basil and lime juice.
Sauteing the tomato paste and spices
Cook till the tomato paste mixes in well in the oil
Add boiled beans
Pinto Beans is ready to serve
Pinto Beans

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