Make Your Own Pinto Bean Seasoning Mix – It’s Easy!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

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.

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?

Go ahead & check out the article, I show 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!

it's easy to make your own pinto bean seasoning mix. Just add a few ingredients into a jar and shake to blend. Easy! #TexasHomesteader

Easy Pinto 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 certainly make it fresher and cheaper right here at home. And I can do it in minutes.

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! 

Simple Ingredients

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 I’m cooking. Work smarter, not harder I always say!

it's easy to make your own pinto bean seasoning mix. Just add a few ingredients into a jar and shake to blend. Easy! #TexasHomesteader

So I simply measure out cumin, paprika, chili powder, onion powder (I make my own Onion Powder), garlic powder a little salt and a touch of sugar. 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’re cooking up pinto beans.

it's easy to make your own pinto bean seasoning mix. Just add a few ingredients into a jar and shake to blend. Easy! #TexasHomesteader


Pinto Bean Seasoning

This seasoning mix takes only minutes to mix up. Use 3 Tablespoons per 1-lb dry beans

Course Seasoning
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword mexican, mix, pinto beans, seasoning
Prep Time 3 minutes


  • 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


  1. Mix all ingredients and store tightly covered in a small jar. Use about 3 Tablespoons per 1-lb of dry pinto beans.


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4 thoughts on “Make Your Own Pinto Bean Seasoning Mix – It’s Easy!

  1. Miss B

    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?

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      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~

      1. Judy

        Do you add any meat with the beans?

        1. Texas Homesteader Post author

          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~


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