Beans, beans…magical beans! I love beans, but I like to give them a little special love when I cook curried pinto beans. Beans are amazing food, loaded with protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. In my opinion, beans are the perfect food with the ability to absorb any flavors you throw at them. For that reason, curried pinto beans are a delicious way to eat your beans and love the way they taste.
WHY ARE BEANS IMPORTANT TO A PLANT-BASED DIET?
- Calories: 245
- Carbs: 45 grams
- Fiber: 15 grams
- Protein: 15 grams
- Fat: 1 gram
- Sodium: 407 mg
- Thiamine: 28% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Iron: 20% of the DV
- Magnesium: 21% of the DV
- Phosphorus: 20% of the DV
- Potassium: 16% of the DV
As you can see, they boast a good amount of thiamine (vitamin B1), which is an essential vitamin that helps your body convert food into energy.
They also offer numerous other minerals, such as iron and magnesium, and contain small amounts of other B vitamins, zinc, and calcium.
When cooked without salt or other additives, pinto beans are free of cholesterol and low in fat and sodium.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN CURRIED PINTO BEANS
- Canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained (or cooked dry pinto beans)
- Red onion
- Red chili pepper (I used a Fresno chili pepper, but a jalapeno works as well)
- Curry powder
- Chili powder
- Lite coconut milk
- Cinnamon stick (a must)
Yes, the magic ingredient is a cinnamon stick!
Once all the veggies are chopped up, saute the onions, red chili pepper, and garlic until the onions are translucent. Then, add the spices, tomatoes, the cinnamon stick, and drained pinto beans (or cooked dried beans).
When the beans are heated through, add the small amount of lite coconut milk and stir. Next, allow everything to boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
What comes next is amazing…you get to eat the curried pinto beans. And, pinto beans are transformed into a savory, delicious meal or side dish.
OTHER WAYS TO GETS YOUR BEANS EVERY DAY!
- The Best Ultimate Vegan Lentil Black Bean Burrito Ever
- Vegan Breakfast Burrito
- Enchilada Pasta
- Vegan Enchiladas
- Vegan Chili Mac
- Vegan Chili Recipe
- Vegan White Bean Chili
- Crockpot Butternut Squash Pinto Bean Chili
- Vegan Bean Salad