A smooth, reddish-brown dried bean that is very popular in the western United States. It's interchangeable with the pinto bean in any dish. Pink beans are used to make refried beans and chili con carne. They're available in dried form year-round in most supermarkets. See also beans.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.