Pinto beans are a type of common bean that is widely used in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. They are characterized by their mottled, pink and brown color and are a type of variety of the common bean. They have a slightly sweet, earthy flavor and a creamy texture when cooked. Pinto beans are a good source of protein, dietary fiber, and various vitamins and minerals, including potassium, folate, and iron.
Pinto beans are often used to make traditional dishes such as refried beans, as well as in soups, stews, chili, and other hearty dishes. They can be mashed and mixed with spices to form patties and balls, and can be used as a substitute for meat in vegetarian and vegan dishes. Pinto beans are available dried, canned and also as flour. They are commonly used in traditional Mexican cuisine and many Tex-Mex dishes such as burritos and tacos.