Santa Maria Style Pinquito Beans Recipe



Santa Maria Style Pinquito Beans

Pinquito beans can be finicky and time consuming to make. But we promise, they’re well worth the effort.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 11 hours


  • 1 lb Pinquito beans
  • 1 strip Bacon diced
  • 1/2 cup Ham diced
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Tomato Puree
  • 1/4 cup Red Chile Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dry Mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Sugar


  • Place the dry beans in a strainer and remove any stones.
  • Rinse beans and place them in a pot. Fill with water, and allow beans to soak overnight.
  • Drain beans through a strainer, then place back in a pot with fresh water.
  • Simmer over low-medium heat for 2 hours or until tender.
  • In a separate pan, saute bacon and ham until lightly browned.
  • Add garlic to ham and bacon; sauté 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  • Add tomato puree, chile sauce, sugar, mustard and salt to pan with ham and bacon. Stir and let combine for 2-3 minutes over low-medium heat. Remove from heat.
  • Drain most of the liquid off beans and then stir in the sauce. Simmer all together for 30 minutes. Keep warm until ready to serve.

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