pinto beans and rice

pinto beans and rice

Pinto beans and rice is a Southern favorite I prepare as one of our weekly Dead Cheap Meals. Of course, it goes best with a nice hot slab of buttered cornbread.

Ham broth is the preferred bone broth, though beef broth, chicken broth or even fake broth with gelatin can be used.

You also need a small amount of ham as per my method of processing a half ham or any diced leftover ham.

Pinto Beans and Rice

Category: dinner
Cooking Method: pressure cooker
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Yield: 2 quarts


  • 1 cup pinto beans
  • 1/2 TB vinegar
  • 1/2 TB sea salt
  • 2 small onions, diced, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 6 cups bone broth, divided
  • 1/2 lb ham, diced
  • 1 TB bacon drippings or coconut oil
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 3 TB butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 drops Concentrace, 3 drops vitamin D3 and 3 drops vitamin K2 (optional)
prepared rice
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  1. The previous evening, put pinto beans in a large bowl, add the vinegar, salt and a quart of water. Cover and leave over night. This step reduces phytates. Drain beans into colander and rinse.
  2. Place beans, 4 cups of the broth, bacon drippings, ham, half the onion and garlic in pressure cooker. If using hard water, add a pinch of baking soda. Bring to 15 lbs pressure and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. When beans are done, put pressure cooker in sink and run cool water over it until pressure releases. Set aside beans.
  4. Meanwhile, rinse rice in colander until water runs clear. Let drain.
  5. Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the rest of onion and cook until tender, but not brown.
  6. Add rice and continue stirring for 3-4 minutes, while grains first become translucent and then milky. While doing this, bring the rest of the broth to a boil.
  7. Add boiling broth, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and optional supplements to rice. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer. DO NOT STIR or it will wind up gummy.
  8. The rice needs to cook about 15-20 minutes total. When the water is almost gone, stand right over it and watch. When the water is just gone, remove the lid and toss lightly with two forks to dry the grains.
  9. Mix cooked beans into rice.