pinto bean


: a mottled kidney bean that is grown for food and for stock feed

Examples of pinto bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The room is cluttered with memorabilia — a can of pinto beans from his family’s renowned meals with local politicians, dubbed Bean dinners; bumper stickers for the current juvenile court judge; figurines of elephants; and political tchotchkes. Paige Pfleger, ProPublica, 16 Nov. 2023 Steven Ness, who grows pinto beans and pumpkins in central New Mexico, said the rising cost of irrigation as groundwater dwindles is an issue across the board for farmers in the region. Melina Walling and Brittany Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Oct. 2023 America’s favorite bean is pinto beans, according to the U.S. Dry Beans Council, often used to make refried beans. USA TODAY, 30 July 2023 The aroma of pinto beans simmering in a pot with onions and tomatoes reminded me of my late abuelita Martha. Roxana Becerril, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 The Sophia Smith Bowl: Chicken, brown rice, black beans, pinto beans, tomatillo-red chili salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, sour cream, and cheese. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 19 July 2023 Add tomatoes and beans: Add black beans, pinto beans, tomatoes, green chiles, sour cream, 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, and hot sauce, stir into meat mixture and allow to cook until the liquid thickens, about 5 minutes. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 7 July 2023 Here are two different paths: First is the classic pinto beans simmered in a stew of ketchup, brown sugar, honey and Worcestershire and enlivened with hot sauce, chile flakes and cumin. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2023 Following a debate between two legislators, both the chile and the pinto bean received the designation in 1965. Carolyn Hagler, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pinto bean was in 1913

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“Pinto bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

pinto bean

: a spotted kidney bean used for food
also : a plant producing pinto beans that is often used to feed livestock
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