As we all know, Mexican food often involves beans of some sort, and it’s usually a question or pinto or black beans. After all, beans can help with cholesterol and heart health. Everyone has their preference, but is there a true reigning option? Is there really a difference between pinto or black beans? Let’s find out.
Both pinto and black beans come from leguminous plants.
Pinto beans are speculated to have been around since 3000 BC. Though they originated from Brazil and Peru, migrating indigenous tribes eventually took them up north to the Mid-West in the U.S.
Black beans, also known as turtle beans, originated from Central and South America but were transported to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 15th century. Black beans eventually make their way to Asia via the Silk Road.
Both beans can be used in a variety of dishes due to their versatility. They take about the same amount of time to cook, and they can add flavor and bulk to any meal. Though the beans have specific uses, they can be paired with one another.
Pinto beans are primarily used in Mexican and Southwestern food. You can find them in spreads, dips, burritos, wraps, tacos and quesadillas. The most popular form of pinto beans is refried beans.
Black beans, on the other hand, are mostly used in Latin American, Caribbean, Creole and Cajun food. Due to their hardy texture, they are used in soups, dips, salads, chili and gumbo.
While both beans are delicious and nutritional, there are some key differences between the two.
Pinto beans are larger, softer and creamier than black beans. Pinto beans are usually light brown with spots; in fact, “pinto” is Spanish for “painted,” as this bean has a painted appearance. When cooked, this bean turns pinkish in color. Pinto beans often take on the flavors of the ingredients they are paired with, but they have a nuttier taste.
Black beans are oval-shaped, smaller, firmer and sturdier. They can stand high temperatures and resist moisture better so they don’t get mushy. As their name implies, black beans are black with white interiors, and the color doesn’t change when they are cooked. Black beans have a dense, rich, hearty flavor.
Pinto and black beans are extremely similar in their nutritional values. They both offer protein, fiber, calories, iron, vitamin B1 and more.
However, pinto beans have slightly more calories, carbs, fiber and fat content.
Both are also low in purines, which is a naturally occurring chemical that can lead to gout and kidney stones.
At the end of the day, choosing between pinto beans or black beans comes down to personal preference, as they are so close to one another. No matter which one you choose, come by Benny’s Tacos & Rotisserie Chicken.