First a little history on Pinto Beans:
•Pinto beans are an off-white color and covered with reddish spots. When pinto beans are cooked, they turn pink.
•Pinto beans come from Peru originally and in the 15th century, made their way across the Atlantic to Europe. People around the world enjoy pinto beans today.
•The World's Healthiest Foods organization (WHFoods.com) takes a detailed look at the nutritional value of pinto beans (see Resources section below). The bean gives a typical person more than 50 percent of daily recommended values in fiber, folate and manganese, as well as a healthy dose of protein.
•Pinto beans have been proven effective in stabilizing blood glucose levels, lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. High levels of vitamin B improve brain function and memory.
Read more fact about pinto beans
and here's how to cook dried pinto beans!
I used beans as a meal stretcher in MANY ways! I know this is supposed to be about Pinto Beans, for me pintos are interchangable with the red beans or light or dark kidney beans. Here are some ways that I use them:
****I use 1/2 - 3/4 pound ground beef in my taco salad and then add a can (or a cup or two) of beans. I then add the seasoning packet and let that get happy all together. THEN I add my sliced black olives to that mixture. (taco salad for me is a 'bar' thing where the kids can add the rest of what they like)
****In my pasta. I keep it LOADED with VEGGIES AND BEANS with a little meat thrown in. Depending on who I am cooking for I will use 1/4 - 1 full pound of ground beef along with my beans. I let that sautee with onions and garlic and then add my veggies (carrots, celery, peppers, zucchini, or whatever else you can dice finely (mushrooms are always pureed)) then add my sauce of choice, a little beef stock (to give it that homemade taste)), bay leaves and whatever seasoning is calling my name at the moment and let the sauce simmer covered all day. Add your pasta and you're good to go!
****In CHILI, that one is pretty obvious, LOL
****In my Puerto Rican Style Rice and Beans. My recipe is something I have in my head with little measurement but you can find a recipe here, substitute the Pigeon Peas for pintos.
Here is one for refried beans. Don't forget about a good 3 bean salad (sorry I don't have a good recipe :-( ) Also check out some of my favorite blogs, I KNOW they have some awesome recipes there also!
Always check cooking websites: Tasty Kitchen or Allrecipes, two of my favorites!
I hope this helps! Feel free to ask for something more specific. I KNOW I use beans in other recipes but can't think off the top of my head.