Barbequed Pinquito Bean Recipes

Pinquito Bean Recipes from Nichols Garden Nursery

These two recipes were sent to my parents by a Mrs. C.L. Brown of Santa Maria, CA. She thought this outstanding and unusual bean should be offered by our nursery. We have offered seeds of these flattened pick bean variety to home gardeners for more than thirty years and have always shared Mrs. Browns recipes.

Jocko’s Barbecue Pinquitos-
A renowned Santa Maria steakhouse
3 cups dry Pinquito beans
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium onions, peeled and diced
1 yellow bell pepper diced
2 green chili peppers, diced
1 pound bacon, diced & cooked
Salt and pepper to taste

Method: After beans have soaked, bring them to a boil. Cover with three times as much water and soak overnight. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook 4 hours, or until tender. When Pinquitos are done, fry together bacon, peppers, onions, garlic. Add this mix to beans, season with salt and pepper. Cook an additional ten minutes.

For my kitchen use I have modified the recipe as follows and must admit I’ve never prepared the original always coming to a halt at the entire pound of bacon. These beans have a distinctive texture and never fall apart when cooked.
revised recipe
Barbeque Pinquitos
3 cups dry Pinquito Beans
6 slices bacon, diced, cooked and drained of fat
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 medium onions, peeled and diced
2-3 green Jalapeno peppers, deseeded and chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
salt and pepper to taste
Method: rinse beans and place in pan with nine cups of water, . Soak overnight. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce hit to a simmer. Cover and cook for two hours or until beans are fork tender. Drain excess water from pinquitos, leaving one to two inches above beans. Place bacon into a large heated skillet and sauté until lightly browned. Remove bacon pieces and set aside. Drain all but one tablespoon fat from skillet and return pan to heat. Add garlic, onions and peppers to skillet and sauté, stirring steadily until onion is translucent. Add vegetables and bacon to pinquitos and simmer for an additional thirty minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Pinquitos with Sausage & Apples
San Fernando Valley Pinquitos: by Mrs. C.L. Brown of Santa Maria, CA.
1 lb. Pinquitos, rinsed and soaked overnight
½ lb. bulk sausage
2 cups peeled & sliced apples
¼ cup brown sugar
4 small sliced onions
1 ½ cups tomato juice
2 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon chili powder (or more)
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Method: After beans have soaked, bring them to a boil. Cover, simmer 1 to 2 hours, or until tender. Drain. Prepare a combination of all remaining ingredients, being sure to mix sausage well with apples etc. Do not cook sausage first. Bring to a boil and mix wIth drained beans. Simmer for at least 2 hours. Serve with toasted garlic bread.

I prefer lightly cooking the sausage and draining any visible fat. Do this slowly to avoid excessive browning.

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8 Responses

  1. I think you mean Jocko’s. That is my favorite steak house of all time. We lived in San Luis Obispo just north of Santa Maria for 10yrs and Jocko’s was almost a weekly event.

  2. How interesting. Is this Jocko’s out of business now. If so, can you recommend a restaurant that serves really a good barbeque including Pinquitos in the meal. I get down to that area every couple of years and now that I’m growing cooking Pinquitos Id like to try a good restaurant.

    • No, Jocko’s is definitely not out of business! Lately, every time I try to stop by to eat there’s at least an hour plus wait! – Great food!

  3. Jocko’s does NOT use bell peppers of any kind…we use anaheim chilis. Nor do we use an entire pound of bacon for this many beans. Less than half that, and brown the bacon, leave in pan. No need to set aside and add later. Soft bacon for this recipe. Also, one onion and one clove of garlic per 3 cups beans; That’s the Nipomo recipe.

    • Megan, can you post the original receipe for Jocko’s beans. Thx so much

    • Dear Megan,
      Would you like to share your recipe with us? going to Jocko’s is on my list on next trip within distance of Jocko’s. It’s wonderful they’ve kept the Pinquito bean in use. I love the texture for cooking and it is unique.
      Rose Marie

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