The pinto bean (Spanish:
frijol pinto, literally "painted bean")
is named for its mottled skin (compare pinto
horse), hence it is a type of mottled bean.
It is the most common
bean in the United
States and northwestern Mexico,
and is most often eaten whole in broth or mashed and refried.
Either whole or mashed, it is a common filling for burritos.
The young pods may also be used as green beans.
In the Southwest
United States, the pinto bean is an important symbol
of regional identity, especially among Mexican
Americans. Along with the chile,
it is one of the official state vegetables of New
Mexico (under the name frijol). Pinto bean
Another popular mottled
bean is the anasazi.