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.