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Leftover Pinto Beans

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churchka Dec 10, 2007 10:25 AM

On Sunday I made a large pot of Pinto Beans for a get together that ended up being cancelled. DH and I have a huge tupperwear container full of beans in the fridge now, and I don't know what to do with them.

Clearly we can eat them as is, they are very good, but any unique suggestions for other other ways of eating them? We eat them on tacos too?

Also, do they freeze well?

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    Babette Dec 10, 2007 11:26 AM

    They freeze well--I always make extra to freeze in smaller containers for later. Burritos, tostadas, tamale pie, soups, dip, chile; many possibilities.

    1. juster Dec 10, 2007 03:23 PM

      hmmmm.... Aside from all things Mexican, I bet they'd be good on pasta with some tangy hard cheese, maybe a little tomato. You could puree them as a base for bean soup. Toss them with some steamed or sauteed spinach. Serve them with sausages and eggs for breakfast. Chorizo and beans over rice (okay, that's Mexican).

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        quelle4 Dec 10, 2007 04:06 PM

        I agree with Juster, pinto beans are excellent to use for a bean soup. Or you can make a hummus with pinto beans instead of chickpeas. I like to cook a large batch of beans and then freeze portions. One thing I like to do is to spread a layer of beans out on a sheet pan, put the sheet pan in the freezer (if you have the space) and freeze the beans for about 10-15 minutes. At that point, scrape them together and freeze in tupperware or plastic sealed bags. This methods ensures the beans separate in the freezer and you won't get a big block of beans when you just want to use a few.

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