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Beef flavored pinto beans are always a hit at my house. I cook them with beef broth, which gives them a distinctive taste and an extra dose of down home goodness. 

When I was growing up, my mother cooked beef flavored pinto beans with ham hocks or neck bones. Truth be told, I enjoy them with or without meat. They are just that good and healthy, too.

Beef Flavored Pinto Beans
Beef Flavored Pinto Beans

Research shows pinto beans are low in fat and packed with protein, vitamins and fiber. Studies also show they help lower cholesterol and get rid of unwanted pounds. Another great thing about pinto beans is they are not expensive. A one pound bag costs less than five dollars.

A large pot of beef flavored pinto beans can last a couple days in my house. I don’t mind leftovers, especially when they are good and easy to repurpose. For me, pinto beans fill the bill.  

I serve them with crispy fried chicken, corn on the cob and homemade cornbread. Sometimes, I add spicy ground sausage, sautéed yellow onions and white rice to them. If I’m making tacos, I smash them up and make refried beans. There is no question pinto beans are versatile and they pair well with just about any dish, even salads.

In my book, beef flavored pinto beans simple, easy and good are the best. They go well with our homemade cornbread, too. Watch the video below to how we make them.  


1 pound of pinto beans

2 32 ounce cartons of beef broth

1 teaspoon course sea salt

1 teaspoon fine ground black pepper


Wash pinto beans in cold water

Pour pinto beans into a large bowl

Soak pinto beans in cold water for six hours

Drain pinto beans

Pour pinto beans into a large pot again

Add beef broth

Add sea salt

Add black pepper

Cover with lid

Cook on medium heat for an hour or until soft.

NOTE: For a thicker juice, mix 1 tablespoon of All Purpose Flour with a 1/2 cup of water. Add the mixture to pinto beans. You can also add 4 beef bouillon cubes, neck bones, ham hocks, sausage, ham cubes, ham bone, turkey tails, or bacon to pinto beans while cooking to add even more delicious flavor. 

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