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Have you heard of/ eaten pinto bean pie?! Or is it just me?

Yep, pinto beans.

Ever had it? Heard of it?

Yes, I did post this on the home cooking board, but I really want to know if ANYONE has heard of it. Is it a local thing in Western North Carolina? I know it's not made/ eaten in Ohio, where I grew up.

A student's mom brought me in some one year. She told me what it was, and I didn't really want to try it, but I couldn't offend and NOT try it either. I took a deep breath and gave it a chance.

Pinto Bean Pie is awesome!

This is the recipe she used. I made it yesterday for some friends, and they loved it, too. It's incredible when warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

1 heaping cup of mashed Pinto beans *
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
Unbaked pie shell

* 1 1/2 cup cooked beans equals about 1 cup, mashed.

Blend sugars, eggs and butter until creamy. Add pinto beans and blend well. Pour into 9 inch unbaked shell. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes, then at 350 for an additional 25 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.

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  1. reminds me of sweet adzuki beans

    1. It's a common dish in black Muslim circles. I think they're usually made with navy beans.

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      1. re: stilton

        Used to occasionally see younger African-American guys in suits and bowties selling them on the corners and door-to-door in the 'hood in Venice years ago, as well as around the Crenshaw area. I'm guessing by their dress, they're Nation of Islam followers.

      2. Thanks for sharing this. 2 related sweet bean things-

        obviously Chinese Moon cakes have sweetened red beans

        In the Dominican Republic they serve sweet beans for Easter. The recipe includes coconut milk and cinnamon. Yum.

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        1. re: jill kibler

          But nobody's actually eaten it but me?!

          1. re: lisafaz

            Me! MeMeMe! I had it in Baltimore, from a vendor in Lexington Market. It was delicious. And yeah, it was a little like some of the sweet bean Asian desserts. It thought it might be navy bean, not pinto bean, but I couldn't tell for sure, just that it was lighter than a kidney bean.

            1. re: lisafaz

              I've baked it once out of curiosity because I heard about it on The Wire. It was verrrry good served hot. The texture changed as it cools. Once cooled, it was rather like a dense kabocha pie. The recipe mentioned that and holy kow, it was true!

          2. There's a vendor that sells white bean pie at our local farmer's market. It has about the same texture as pumpkin pie, and a similar flavor. It's kind of a neat novelty, but after a couple of tries, we were kind of done with it.

            1. "Is it a local thing in Western North Carolina?"

              Not generally, no. From the other posts, it sounds like it may be a more ethnically-based dish.

              1. Its a pretty common dessert in Mexico - Dulce de Frijol - appearing even in tamal form in northern mexico http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RhqMe...

                1. It's interesting that so far people have said that they've seen/ eaten bean pies in Asian and black Muslim groups. The only people I've ever know to eat pinto bean pie are good old country folk from the mountains.

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                  1. re: lisafaz

                    They're talking about two different beasts. The one associated with Black Muslims are made of some sort of white bean (navy, pinto) and baked in a regular pie crust. The Asian sweet bean stuff are made from a different sort of bean (azuki, or sometimes mung beans). I've never heard of those being made into a pie-style pastry. They tend to be made into sweet soups, used as a filling for mochi, bread buns, dense mooncake-style pastries, or used as a topping for ice cream and other cold desserts.

                  2. I have made it.. I think you can make pie out of anything from beans to bread. Always somtething in the house to make something sweet from .. I liked it. I used the pinto beans.

                    1. I think I've used pinto beans in chili. I know Goya sells them dry and in the can.