Pinto Bean Bread | A Hearty Recipe

Pinto bean bread can easily be made in minutes using a handful of ingredients from the pantry. Though this recipe is called a bread it is in fact a loaf; similar in texture to banana bread but a much heartier option. Feel free to partner this recipe with a salad, soup, a meat option, or consumed with homemade butter and honey.

Pinto Bean Bread | A Hearty and Delicious Recipe

This pinto bean bread recipe is a variation of the traditional Cherokee bean bread. Many other recipes call for the use of yeast, whereas others call for the pinto beans to be left whole instead of mushed. Regardless of how it’s made, the full flavor of the bean is present. And this is exactly what needs to be maintained!

Bean bread is a stick-to-your-bones and fill you up, kinda recipe. Though if eaten sparingly it does makes for a nice side.

This loaf bread is definitely worth making on a regular basis. Or at least one a week. Maybe even twice a week.

Tips for the Most Delicious Pinto Bean Bread

The best type of grease to use for greasing pans is none other than lard. Yes, lard. Home rendered lard is extremely easy to make, and is a staple in every farmhouse, or urban, kitchen.

In order to create a less dense bean bread olive oil, cooking oil, and even apple sauce can be added. A few tablespoons of bacon grease can also be added to give it additional flavor.

One last tip, using home canned beans makes for easy preparation. Especially when throwing together this bread at the last minute.

Now go, make this. You’ll not regret it!

Pinto Bean Bread | A Hearty Recipe

Pinto Bean Bread Recipe – Ingredients
  • 1 can (15 oz) Pinto beans
  • 1 1/2 cups Cornmeal
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp granulated Sugar (optional)
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
Pinto Bean Bread Recipe – Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients. Mix until the batter is smooth
  3. Add batter to a greased loaf pan
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes. The bread is complete when the top browns and the sides gently pull from the pan
  5. Remove and cool on a rack

Pinto Bean Bread | A Hearty Recipe Printable Pinto Bean Bread Recipe

For your convenience this recipe is now printable! Make sure to file it under your favorite recipes, it’s a keeper!

Easy Bean Bread Recipe using Pinto Beans

This easy to make bean bread recipe is made with pinto beans and a few other pantry ingredients. Feel free to serve it with some homemade butter and raw honey, a salad, soup, or even a meat dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 can Pinto beans
  • 1 1/2 cups Cornmeal
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tbsp granulated Sugar optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients, including the liquid from canned beans. Mix until the batter is smooth
  • Add batter to a greased loaf pan, preferably with home rendered lard 
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes. The bread is complete when the top browns and the sides gently pull from the pan
  • Remove from pan, cool on a rack

Instructions Using Home Canned Pinto Beans

  • Using a stand mixer combine 1 quart rinsed home canned pinto beans and all other ingredients, including 4 tablespoons water
  • Mix until smooth
  • Add batter to a greased loaf pan, preferably with home rendered lard
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes. The bread is complete when the top browns and the sides gently pull from the pan
  • Remove from pan, cool on a rack

Pinto bean bread can be enjoyed hot out of the oven, or at room temperature. There are a plethora of ways to consume this loaf bread. For example, serve as a simple snack with homemade cultured butter and raw honey. Maybe even have it for lunch with this creamy broccoli soup. However, having it as a side with homemade corned beef or with a nice garden salad is definitely the way to go. This recipe is a keeper, that’s for sure!

To learn more on how to preserve foods, such as canning dried bean, and other methods grab a copy of my book, The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest. Copies can be picked up on Amazon and other large online book locations. Autographed copies are available here.

Pinto Bean Bread | A Hearty Recipe

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  1. Could you use milk kefir instead of buttermilk? I have printed this out to make. Looks delicious 😋

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