Found a Pinto Bean Seasoning mix I really like. Works for Red Beans as well. 2 t Kosher Salt 1 T Cumin 1/2 T Chili Powder 1/2 T Garlic Powder 1/2 T Onion Powder 1/2 T Paprika 1/2 t Sugar This is for one pound of dried beans. I add two tablespoons of dehydrated onion flakes and one tablespoon of fat, whatever you have. The beans are not salty and have a mild cumin flavor. Swapping the measurements for chili powder and cumin would give a more chili bean flavor if that is what you prefer. I have been using Fiesta Brand Pinto Bean Seasoning which I really like but it is no longer carried by Wal-Mart and won't be available at all post SHTF.