What Do Pinto Beans Taste Like?

In this article, we're going to cover what pinto beans taste like, their texture along with a few different ways that you can enjoy them...

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What Do Pinto Beans Taste Like?

Pinto beans are delicious beans that are used regularly in vegan cooking, and thanks to their unique and robust flavor, they do a great job standing out in any dish.

When choosing to use pinto beans in a recipe, you will greatly enjoy the mild flavor of these beans and how they will blend into your meals without standing out.

Known for their rich flavor and delicious taste, pinto beans are often described as:

  • Earthy
  • Nutty
  • Rich
  • Creamy

Pinto Beans Texture

Pinto beans tend to be some of the creamiest beans that you can make, which allows them to break down into your meals easily and become soft when cooked. Unlike other beans, such as black beans, which tend to hold their shape in meals, no matter how long you cook them, pinto beans break down easily and blend in.

They are very soft and mushy and tend to be susceptible to the effects of moisture exposure. This means that if you are looking to add a creamy element to your dish, then reaching for pinto beans is a great choice, as you can easily add a rich and creamy flavor.

When undercooked, however, they will tend to have a bit of a mealy texture, so it’s important to thoroughly cook your pinto beans.

Do Pinto Beans Taste Like Kidney Beans?

Kidney beans are an accessible alternative if you don’t have pinto beans for your restaurant, but you need to be aware of a few things before swapping them out.

Light-colored kidney beans act a lot like pinto beans. They have a very mild flavor that isn’t nearly as earthy as pinto beans, but they mimic the texture incredibly well due to their thin skins.

Dark-colored kidney beans, on the other hand, have thicker and tougher skins. You can still mash them, but it takes more effort and will often leave behind bits of skin.

In addition, dark-colored kidney beans often taste a little stronger and don’t have the same mild and rich flavor that pinto beans do.

Easy Ways to Use Pinto Beans

Pinto beans have a great flavor, and including them in recipes is a wonderful way to enjoy it. They work well in savory dishes and will easily accept flavors from different spices.

Check out these videos if you are looking for new ideas of how to cook with pinto beans.

In this above video you can easily see how easy it is to make vegan pinto beans, which are delicious and incredibly creamy.

As you can see, pinto beans also work wonderfully well in salads.

Finally, even though they are a softer bean, here they work incredibly well in a vegan bean burger.

Wrap up

You now know everything you need to know about pinto beans and you should be prepared to use them in your kitchen!

By including them in some of your favorite meals, you can take advantage of their light and creamy flavor, as well as the rich, earthy tones that they will add to a dish.

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