Bob's Red Mill Pinto Beans are rich and hearty in flavor and have a smooth, creamy texture. Pinto in Spanish means "painted", and with their reddish brown hues splashed against beige skins, they live up beautifully to their name. Pinto beans are one of many legumes in the "common beans" family. It is believed that they derived from a common bean ancestor originating in Peru. Migrating traders took them into South and Central America where their popularity grew. By the 15th century, these hearty beans were introduced to Europe by Spanish explorers returning home from their voyages to the Americas. From there, Spanish and Portuguese traders brought pinto beans into Africa and Asia. As common beans were a very cost-effective form of protein, they became quite popular in many cultures and remain a staple food around the world today.
Pinto beans an excellent low-fat source of protein and dietary fiber. If you're looking for ways to eliminate red meat from your diet, become a fan of pinto beans! Combine them with a whole grain like quinoa, spelt or brown rice and you have a low-fat, nutrient-dense, high-protein meal. Pinto beans also provide iron.
Pinto beans are the ultimate bean to have in the pantry. This is truly an all-purpose bean! They are perfect used in chili, stews, soups, baked beans, refried beans and other Mexican dishes. You can use Pinto beans in any recipe calling for red beans.