Santa Maria Pinquito Beans

Santa Maria Pinquito Beans
Regarding BBQ, Inc.
    870 min

Pinquito beans are native to the Santa Maria Valley in Southern California. They are a cross between a small pink and a small white bean. The are available for purchase online or you can substitute pinto beans. These beans are the traditional side dish of Santa Maria Barbecue.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound (450 g) pinquito beans, washed
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) of pureed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) cubed ham
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) dry mustard

How to Make It

  • 1. Soak pinquito beans in lots of cold water overnight. Drain, rinse and place beans in a large pot. Cover with fresh water and simmer for 2 hours or until the beans become tender.

  • 2. Meanwhile, sauté ham in a skillet. Add garlic and continue until garlic browns. Add in remaining ingredients.

  • 3. Drain beans and return to pot. Stir in ham and sauce and mix until combined. Keep warm until served.