I don't understand why they would make pinto beans non vegetarian and black beans vegetarian. I happen to like pinto beans and i'm very tired of only eating black beans all the time. There is a sign there that says that the pinto beans aren't vegetarian at chipotle....you'd think something like beans that are nauturally vegan wouldn't need meat in it.Originally Posted by truepeacenik
I spen a painful couple of hours dealing with customer service at a few burrito places, so to save others the torture:
Chipotle uses bacon in their pintos. bad
Qdoba does not.
Both have vegan black beans.
I eat black beans a lot now... But you can't beat pintos when they are mashed into refried beans. (which is the unfortunate circumstance where most have lard)Originally Posted by Seusomon
Pinto beans are a "traditional" staple of Southwest/Mexican cooking, where pork fat is part of their usual preparation. The popularity of black beans is a more recent development, and they seem to be thought of as more "sophisticated" and favored at places that cater to a crowd with more prorgressive values.
Yes, it's weird that there is a socioeconomic/subcultural schism between two colors of beans, but there it is.