Pinto beans are small oval beans with a pale pink color and reddish-brown splotches. These beans are an excellent source of fiber and molybdenum, and they are a staple food in Mexican cuisine.
Pinto, which is the Spanish word for "painted," refers to the spattered markings on pinto beans. However, once the beans are cooked, the markings disappear, and the beans have a solid pink appearance.
Pinto beans come in several different varieties, including Burke, Othello, Maverick and Sierra. They are a popular addition to soups, stews, and Mexican entrées, and they can be served with rice for a fiber-filled, inexpensive meal. Pinto beans are available year-round in both canned and dry varieties.