by Texas Homesteader ~
It’s easy to make your own pinto bean seasoning mix. Just add a few ingredients into a jar and shake to blend. A super simple yet delicious and inexpensive way to season your homemade pinto beans!
Cook 2 Pound Of Dry Pinto Beans
I’m always cooking dried beans. It’s a pantry staple in our home. Beans are cheap, healthy and easy to make.
I wrote recently about how I often Cook 2-Lbs Of Beans At Once in my Instant Pot. You may ask:
WHAT? 2 lbs??!! That’s crazy. There are only two of you in your home, right? Won’t you be tired of pintos by the time you eat them?
Don’t worry about cooking so many beans at one time. I can show you how I easily served those pintos in different ways for several days. Our palates never got bored!
But most of the time when I’m cooking up a batch of dried pintos I’m cooking them as a main dish for supper or as a side. If that’s the case I just season them with my own Pinto Bean Seasoning. Since I’ve been asked to share my seasoning recipe, read on dear friends!
Making Homemade Pinto Bean Seasoning Mix
I’ve seen plastic containers of pinto bean seasoning mix at the stores. But y’all know I prefer to make for myself instead of buying. With me making this seasoning myself there’s no additional plastic bottle coming into our home.
And I’m not gonna lie, it makes me smile to hear RancherMan rave over the taste of the pintos when I use this seasoning mix.
Plus, I’m kinda surprised at the price of the commercially-produced seasoning mix. I can make it myself in minutes right here at home. It’s fresher and cheaper too.
Plus homemade seasoning is more adaptable too. Don’t like that much cumin? Cut back some. Don’t want that much salt? Adjust to your tastes. Like a little more chili powder? Knock yourself out!
What Spices To Flavor Pinto Beans?
Since I cook dry pinto beans so often I like to have this seasoning mix at the ready. That way I just measure out 3 Tablespoons per pound of dried beans that I’m cooking.
Work smarter, not harder I always say!
My pinto bean seasoning mixture includes simple savory spices:
0nion Powder (I make my own Onion Powder)
It’s all dumped into a clean, labeled jar and I just shake it to mix everything up.
So if you find yourself cooking pinto beans often, mix up some of this pinto bean seasoning for yourself. It stores well in a small jar.
And it’ll be ready & waiting for you next time you cook up a batch of inexpensive pinto beans.
Did you make this seasoning mix? Please rate my recipe in your comment below!
Pinto Bean Seasoning
This seasoning mix takes only minutes to mix up. Use 3 Tablespoons per 1-lb dry beans
- 2 Tablespoons Cumin
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 4 teaspoons Table Salt
- 1 teaspoon Granulated Sugar
Mix all ingredients and store tightly covered in a small jar. Use about 3 Tablespoons per 1-lb of dry pinto beans.
Other Side Dishes We Love
- Rosemary Rice
- Buttered Rice w/Fresh Sage & Garlic
- Cilantro-Lime Rice
- Ranch-Style Beans
- RancherMan’s Green-Bean Casserole
- Roasted Vegetables
- Fresh Pico de Gallo
- Fried Okra Mix
- Fried Okra Fritters
- Homemade Cottage Cheese
- Deviled Eggs With a KICK!
- Tri-Colored Homemade Pasta
- Pasta Salad FAST
- Rosemary Skillet Bread
- Fun Flavor Variations For Plain Pinto Beans
…and MANY MORE!
This is the best pinto bean seasoning ever ! I made several batches in a quart jar so I never run out when I need it Pinto beans seasoned this way make the best refried beans.
Joan, I’m so glad you like this seasoning as much as we do. Like you, I usually make up enough to put in a jar so it’s ready and waiting for my next pot of pintos! RancherMan only wants pinto beans seasoned this way. 🙂 ~TxH~
This seasoning is perfect for flavorful homemade pinto beans. I make a double batch of this pinto bean seasoning and keep it in a jar in my spice cabinet. 5 STARS ALL THE WAY!
Oh, my Lord! Thank you! The flavor of this is phenomenal. More than 5 stars, and being printed to go into my must have recipes for if the grid goes down or we lose internet. Fabulous spice mix!!!
🙂 Thank you, Angela – we enjoy it too! And my pintos always get compliments with many asking what the secret is. (ssssssshhhhhh… I won’t tell if you won’t! haha) ~TxH~
I use this recipe when I can any dried beans and lentils. I am short of time during the week. Work full time, take care of my disabled husband, and grandsons. With my son and daughter-in-law I cook most meals. They are very good cooks often not home yet at meal time prep. Grabbing a jar or 2 off the shelf is so helpful or other home canned foods. I use to buy the jar, your recipe is better than the one I had.
Well aren’t you as sweet as peaches, Krista – thank you for your kind words. RancherMan really loves this pinto seasoning as well. It’s all we use here on the Homestead. 🙂 ~TxH~
This looks like exactly what I am looking for, for canning seasoned beans. Do you have a guess as to how much seasoning you’d use on a pint (2 cups) of cooked beans, or about a half cup dry? I’d love to try this.
Ya know Andrea, I’ve never canned beans before (I KNOW! LOL) But I’d think you could divide the 3 Tablespoon seasoning measurement for a 1-lb bag of dry beans shown in the post by the number of jars you divide it into? Sounds about right to me anyway. You’ll love this pinto bean seasoning, it’s a favorite around here. Enjoy! ~TxH~
This sounds yummy. I’m thinking the leftovers would be a great nacho topping. Do you add in the seasoning once the beans are mostly cooked, or do you add the seasoning when you begin cooking the beans?
I add everything at one time – sauteed onions if using, dried but soaked beans, this seasoning mix, broth or water. I typically cook the beans in my instant pot for 30 minutes, then natural release for 10 minutes, finally quick release. They turn out perfectly every time! ~TxH~
Do you add any meat with the beans?
Ya know Judy – you certainly could. But I never do. When I’m making pintos I’m either making them as beans with rice & cornbread or as a side dish or ingredient in another dish. But I’m thinking smoked sausage or ground beef would be good too. ~TxH~
Hi TxH, What is the ratio of beans and liquid? I have 4 cups of soaked beans I want to cook in the Instant Pot and I’m unsure about the amount of liquid or stock to add.
Hi Catherine. My ratio for this pinto bean seasoning is 3 tablespoons of seasoning for each pound measure of dry, unsoaked pinto beans (there are approximately 3 cups of dry unsoaked beans per pound). But like you I soak my pintos before cooking. So after soaking my beans I drain, rinse & cover soaked beans with broth to about 1″ – 1.5″ over the level of soaked beans in the pot then add my seasonings before cooking. Here is the post for my Instant Pot pintos –> https://texashomesteader.com/instant-pot-pinto-beans/ ~TxH~
I am a southern cook and have always cooked my dried pinto beans (after the soak over night) in a crock pot with a country ham hock (not smoked). With this meat, I only needed 1 tablespoon of your spice mixture which added so much flavor to the beans After 7-8 hours cooked on low, they were perfect with an iron skillet full of cornbread! Thank you for sharing your pinto bean seasoning recipe.
Thanks for weighing in, Brenda. What could be better to a southern girl’s menu than homemade pintos & cornbread??!! 🙂 ~TxH~