Mashed Pinto Beans

Prep: 10 minutes

Serves:Makes about 6 cups

Use for bean nachos, tacos, burritos, casseroles, or dips


  • 2 cups pinto beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2-1 cup mild or spicy salsa


Place the beans in a large pot with the water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and cook until tender, 3 to 4 hours. (To reduce the cooking time, soak the beans overnight in the water. Then proceed as directed, reducing the cooking time by 1 hour).

Drain, reserving the cooking liquid.

Mash the beans, using a hand masher, electric beater, or food processor. Return to the pan. Add the spices, a little of the reserved cooking liquid, and the salsa, stirring until the beans have a softened, smashed consistency. Heat through to blend the flavors.