Perfect Pinto Beans

Perfect Pinto Beans


  • 1 1/2 pounds pinto beans
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Put the beans in a large bowl, cover with cold water and let soak overnight or use canned beans.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans, then put them in a large pot.
  3. Cover the beans with water and add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, garlic, bay leaves, onion, bell pepper and some salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook until the beans are tender, 2 to 3 1/2 hours.

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