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Preparation, Uses, & Tips

Because their texture is very smooth, pintos may be used in virtually all methods of bean preparation. Purée them for soup bases or use them in casseroles; refry them for frijoles refritos and use them in burritos. Before cooking, soak pintos for 8 hours, then pressure cook for 18 minutes or simmer on top of the stove for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. 1 cup of dried pintos makes 3 cups of cooked beans. Use pinto beans to make chili, soups, and stews, or use them in salads or in Mexican dishes. They can also be puréed and used as a spread or dip.

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