Benefits of Pinto Beans

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History of the pinto bean

The pinto bean is a culinary staple that has been around for centuries. Native to Central America, it was among the early crops cultivated by the Mayans and Aztecs. It was in the 1500s that Spanish explorers brought the bean to Europe, where it soon found its way into beloved cultural dishes. In the United States, pinto beans have been a favorite for generations – especially in Southwestern states such as Texas, where pinto beans are sometimes called “cowboy beans.” Today, pinto beans can be found in dishes worldwide, from classic Mexican refried beans to tasty pinto bean chili and delicious, savory soups like this Creamy Bean Soup.

How does a pinto bean taste?

Beans are a staple of Mexican cuisine, and pinto beans are no exception! Often found in Mexican favorites like tacos and burritos, beans are integral to many classic dishes.

Are pinto beans nutritious?

Pinto beans are a nutritional powerhouse! Packed with protein, pinto beans provide a great energy source to help you power through your day. They also contain high amounts of dietary fiber, helping to keep you regular and maintain good digestive health.

Additionally, pinto beans are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iron, folate, and zinc, making pinto beans an excellent choice for balanced nutrition.

Are pinto beans nutritious?

  • Greek philosopher and famed mathematician Pythagoras was an ascetic vegetarian with a deep detest for beans. He believed that beans held the souls of the dead. But he’d have second thoughts if he were around today. Because who could really not love La Costeña’s Pinto Bean recipes?
  • Approximately 67,635 people worldwide (most prevalent in the US) have the last name Bean, the 8,424th most common surname
  • The largest serving of beans and rice weighs 4,398 pounds and 3.5 ounces, achieved by India’s Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation in January 2020.
  • The most consumed beans in the US are pinto.

There are so many yummy ways to enjoy pinto beans. While we particularly love this Creamy Bean Soup during the cooler months, it’s a regular staple in our homes. Still, have some pinto beans you’d like to use up? Try making pinto bean tacos with homemade guacamole.

For breakfast, pinto beans can make a delicious refried bean scramble with some diced green peppers and onions. If you’re feeling adventurous, try pinto bean hummus or patties. Pinto beans can even be used as a topping on salads, chili, and nachos. Get creative with pinto beans, and you’ll find endless possibilities!

No matter how you enjoy pinto beans, they will surely add nutrition, flavor, and texture to your meals. Pinto beans are high in protein, dietary fiber, and complex carbohydrates, making them an excellent addition to a healthy diet.

So indulge some. ¡Buen provecho!

Ready to make this creamy bean soup for yourself? Visit a store near you or find La Costeña’s Whole Pinto Beans online.



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