They are grown for use as a dried bean.
The pods will be 3 1/2 inches (9 cm) long.
Mexican Red Beans are smaller than Pinto or Red Kidney Beans; about .4 inches (10 cm) long by 1/3 inch (8 mm) wide.
They are oval but flattened, with a deep burgundy or brick red colour. On one side, they have a white eye with a black ring around it.
Mexican Red Beans keep their shape when cooked.
Mexican Red Beans are good for chili, dips, refried beans, salads, salsas, and soups.
Simmer soaked beans for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Pinto Beans, Red Kidney Beans
1 cup, dried = 3 cups, cooked.
Mexican Red Beans are known from the American south-west; origin before that unknown. They were relatively well known in California in the mid-1800s.