In my Daybook Online Journal post a couple of days ago I mentioned one of our favorite large family recipes, easy Pinto beans. I make a large roasting pan full of these beans about once a month. You all wanted the recipe and here it is! This is the original recipe, but I triple or quadruple it all the time.
Do not let the name fool you though! You don’t have to have a large family to make these easy Pinto beans. They are so easy to throw together that you could make them one day, portion them out into single-serve size, and add them to meals that you want to freeze and enjoy throughout the month.
This is one of my favorite large family recipes because it makes a ton of yummy pinto beans that can be mashed up and frozen as refried beans, or left alone and frozen as beans to eat by themselves, added to chili, soups, or stews.
Large Family Recipes: Easy Pinto Beans
One of my favorite places to find large family recipes is church cookbooks and that’s where this recipe came from. Sometimes we make a batch of these and mash them all up–by hand or hand blender. Scoop into a bowl, top with cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and jalapenos for a spicy refried bean dinner.
This easy Pinto bean recipe makes a great meal for Fridays in Lent where many people don’t eat meat. You could add some rice to the beans to make an even heartier meal. You could also serve cornbread or tortillas with these beans.
The mashed-up beans are perfect for bean and cheese quesadillas, bean enchiladas, and taco filling. No matter what you do with these easy pinto beans, once you’ve made them, they are perfect for freezing, so make a large batch and freeze the rest!
Easy Pinto Bean Recipe Kitchen Tools
Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker | Stainless Steel
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer & Sterilizer, 6 Quart, Stainless Steel/Black
Oster Roaster Oven with Self-Basting Lid | 22 Qt, Stainless Steel
Hefty Slider Storage Bags, Gallon Size, 30 Count (3 Pack), 90 Total
Slap Ya Mama All Natural Cajun Seasoning from Louisiana, Original Blend, MSG Free and Kosher, 8 Ounce Can
Let me know if you make these and what you think! I’d love to know how you seasoned them in your own kitchen. I have a daughter who doesn’t like onions–I know when she makes these, she leaves the onions out.
My husband doesn’t really like spicy food…I do. I’ll make one batch a little spicier than the other; since I freeze the leftovers, I can mix them or keep them separately labeled. I can even freeze smaller bags of the spicier seasoned ones for me and the less spicy ones for him and the kids.
Share some of your favorite large family recipes in the comments.
To me, a large family recipe you love means it uses easy-to-find ingredients, be flexible in the ingredient list–above, if I don’t have a jalapeno or don’t like a jalapeno, I can leave it out or substitute another pepper with really no impact on the integrity of the recipe.
Large family recipes need to be easy to double–triple–or more. And kid-friendly never hurts, although sometimes it’s ok for kids to try something they don’t necessarily like..a sprinkle of cheese and dollop of sour cream can sometimes go a long way in making a dish a little more palatable.
Large family recipes also need to be economical. Whether I’m feeding a large family in my own home, taking a meal to a family after the birth of a baby, an illness, or a family death, or just taking food to the church potluck–the price needs to be right!
Here are some other large family recipes I’ve shared:
Breakfast Recipes for Big Families— Breakfast is one of my most favorite meals! I just hate that it is so early, LOL! There are a number of recipes in this post that can be made ahead and frozen or even just made the night before. This makes it super easy when the alarm goes off in the morning–alarm clock or child–if you know, you know!
Beef Recipes for Big Families–Here are some amazing dinner recipes! But don’t just think dinner, think of making them ahead of time and portioning them out for lunches. Like this pinto bean recipe, these recipes make great church potluck dishes or a meal to take to a family who could use a little comfort food. You could also use venison or ground turkey in many of these recipes.
Chicken Recipes for Big Families–I like to buy the big bag of frozen, boneless, skinless chicken breasts to use in many of these recipes. Chicken is one of the easiest meats to cook in the crockpot or instapot I think!
I’d love to put together a post of desserts and snacks! I never understood why my mother-in-law didn’t make pie more often. After being a mother of a large family, I get it! Pie doesn’t go as far or last as long as a sheet cake or cookies.
Crockpot Easy Pinto Beans
3 cups dry pinto beans
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 dry red peppers (or crushed to taste) or 1 seeded, chopped jalapeno
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/3 cup olive oil
5 teaspoons salt
1.5 teaspoons black pepper
9 cups water or enough to cover beans