What Are Pink Beans?
- Used in Santa Maria-style barbecue dishes and Old West recipes
- Popular in Caribbean countries and Puerto Rico
- Great for homemade refried beans
The Pink Bean Story
Popular in Caribbean countries, pink beans, or habichuelas rosadas, are similar in size to pinto and Great Northern beans and have a rich, meaty flavor. Pink beans are also a favorite in Old West recipes, barbecue-style dishes, and Mexican-American cuisine.They can be used in place of red kidney beans or pinto beans to make chili and refried beans. Pink beans are also called “Santa Maria pinquitos” because they are featured in the famous barbecue dishes of the Santa Maria Valley in California. Because of their similarity, pinto beans and pink beans are often used interchangeably.