How to Cook Salt-Free Pinto Beans

Forget the salty canned pinto beans you might have had. Adding salt to pinto beans during cooking makes them tough. Prepare salt-free pinto beans for a creamy, vegetarian side dish or an addition to recipes. Salt-free pinto beans are still flavorful and they are healthier than beans prepared with added salt.

Prepare pinto beans without salt for healthier, creamier beans.

Things You'll Need

  • Deep stockpot

  • Colander

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tsp. onion powder

  • 1 tsp. ground cumin

  • Pepper to taste

Step 1

Add 1 lb. pinto beans and 10 cups of water to a stockpot.

Step 2

Cover and refrigerate overnight to soak the beans.

Step 3

Drain the pinto beans through a colander.

Step 4

Return the pinto beans to the pot and pour 6 cups of fresh water over the beans. Add the bay leaves to the cooking water.

Step 5

Bring the beans and water to a boil. Lower the heat to simmer, and cook the beans for 60 to 90 minutes or until tender.

Step 6

Remove the bay leaves and discard. Stir in the garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin and pepper and serve.