Pinto beans are one of the most popular beans. Tasty and versatile, they are delicious cooked in soups, chili, stews, or just by themselves. Pinto beans or “painted beans” get their name from the pink paint-like color that occurs when they are cooked. Their soft creamy texture makes them a staple of Latin and Mexican dishes. Dried pinto beans can be prepared whole in soup broths or mashed and refried as a side dish. Pinto beans are also an excellent source of fiber, protein and vitamins.