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!
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!
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!
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.
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!