For as long as I can remember pinto beans were always paired up if not included in our meals. I’ve tasted a variety of dishes that had pinto beans as their main ingredient.
Growing up I wasn’t a huge fan of pinto beans. I didn’t hate them they just were another side dish or ingredient in a meal. Once I got married and pinto beans weren’t being cooked for me, I began to miss them. I had to quickly learn how to make them and with that I learned the benefits of including them in my meals.
I now make a big batch in the crock pot and store in container in our deep freeze for easy last minute meals. My kids have learned to eat them much like I did as a kid. They especially love taking sips of the broth.
Besides pinto beans being culturally traditional to the Mexican culture, there are some great benefits both in health and budget.
Here are 5 reasons my family eats pinto beans and yours should too!
The benefits of eating pinto beans 1 of 6
Scroll through the slide to learn the reasons we eat pinto beans.
Full of Iron 2 of 6
Anemia runs in my family. My mother and I suffer the most from it. The Iron in the broth of cooked pinto beans helps me on days I feel dizzy or just not myself. It's a quick pick me up and I enjoy the taste of having pinto beans in a mug.
Photo by: NorishingCook
Rich in Fiber 3 of 6
Beans are full of fiber which is important because our culture has a high risk of high cholesterol. When the beans are prepared correctly with low sodium and no added fats this is a great dietary ingredient for meals.
A great source of protein 4 of 6
Pinto Beans and other dried beans are known to be full of protein and a great substitution for other proteins like meat because they are fat free.
Photo by: Mary_Thompson
Affordable ingredient for meals 5 of 6
A pound bag of pinto beans can be as cheap as a dollar. Pinto Beans with minimal ingredients can be a delicious affordable filling meal. My father has shared that as a child his family had little money. He said they usually ate beans and tortillas.
Photo by: r. nial bradshaw
Versatile ingredient 6 of 6
There are endless ways to cook and serve beans. My favorite side of beans is a blend of Chorizo (Mexican spicy sausage and re-fried beans. As a main ingredient, I enjoy Pinto Bean Tostadas! Check out my Pinto Beans on Pinterest for more delicious meals made with beans including this Crock Pot Frijoles.
Recipe and Photo by: RaisedbyCulture.com
Do you enjoy eating pinto beans? What is your favorite way of eating them?
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