In Spanish, pinto means "painted." Medium-sized, fairly flat and kidney shaped, pinto beans are brownish with darker brown streaks. Flavorful and velvety, they are a good substitute for red kidney beans. They're excellent in a purée with garlic, onion and chili powder, added to winter soups, etc. They add a colorful touch to many recipes.
- Soaking time: 8 hours
- Water: 1 liter (4 cups) water for every 250 ml (1 cup) beans
- Cooking: At least 90 minutes
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