Pinto Beans Recipe

Smoky ham and bacon in a rich tomato sauce make this Pinto Beans Recipe a hearty meal by itself as well as a filling side for cookouts and 4th of July celebrations. Prepare ahead and keep warm in a crock pot for tailgate parties and pot luck dinners.


  • 1 lb. dry pinto or pinquito beans
  • 1 strip of bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ham, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped fine
  • 3/4 cup of tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp salt


Rinse beans under cool water, then soak overnight in a covered saucepan.

Drain beans and return to saucepan with fresh water.

Bring to a rapid boil over high heat, then reduce to medium low, cover and simmer for about 2 hours, until beans are tender.

Brown ham and bacon in a skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Add garlic and cook an additional minute more.

Fold in the tomato puree, chili sauce, sugar, mustard and salt. Blend well.

Drain the beans and coat well with the tomato sauce mixture.

Warm over medium heat until cooked through (about 10 minutes).

Serves 10.


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