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Pinto Beans

Posted by Courtney Schupp | January 31, 2022

Prep time: 20minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes | Servings: 16


  • 3 cups dried pinto beans (cooked) or 2 cans cooked beans (drained and rinsed)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper

Live Well Tips

  • Pinto beans were originally grown by Native Americans throughout the southwest North America, Mexico and Central America.
  • Beans are a great source of fiber and protein, but are low in fat and have no cholesterol.
  • Rinse canned beans under cold water to get rid of extra salt.


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Cook the dried beans as directed on the package, until they are soft. Set aside. If using canned beans, drain and rinse canned beans and set aside.
  3. Spray a large saucepan with nonstick cooking spray, and preheat over medium heat. Cook celery, onion, and green pepper until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, water, and seasonings to vegetable mixture. Bring to a boil. Add beans, and return to a boil.
  5. Cover and cook over low heat until flavors are blended and liquid is absorbed away, about 15 minutes. Stir once in a while to prevent from sticking. Serve with rice

Cook Together! Making Recipe with Kids

Beans are a great meatless source of protein for any child over 6 months old. With limited prep and only a few ingredients, this is an awesome dish to make with the kids!

Easy Tasks

  • Gather ingredients and equipment
  • Wash fresh foods, drain, and pat dry

Intermediate Tasks

  • Drain and rinse canned beans
  • Measure and place all ingredients into pot

Difficult Tasks

  • Chop celery, onion, bell pepper and tomatoes
  • Peel garlic cloves
  • Stir ingredients in pot

Nutrition Facts

Serving size 1/2 cup: Calories–133; Protein–6g; Carbohydrate–20g; Total Fat–0g; Saturated Fat–0g; Cholesterol–0mg; Fiber–6g; Sodium–205mg

Adapted from Honoring the Gift of Heart Health Manual for American Indians and Native Alaskans