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beans and rice help please

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I will be serving 400 at a wedding, I need help figuring how much pinto beans to buy and how much rice to buy, can anyone help please thanks
post #2 of 7
1/4 to 1/2 pound per person finished product. If you are feeding the Mexican army figure 1 pound per person.
post #3 of 7
Probably 1/4 pound of finished rice or beans. I am assuming these are side dishes.
post #4 of 7
I usually figure approx 1/4# per person dry pinto beans when I make 'em as an appetizer. Keep in mind I make 'em watery, not thick. Sorry I can't help with the rice though. Maybe 1/8# of each dry (unfinished) per person???

Good luck with the wedding,

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks all, ok to put it in easy terms for me, they are a side dish, looks like I need 100 pounds of beans, is that right?
post #6 of 7
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post #7 of 7
What is your main course going to consist of? I guess the main "X-Factor" here would be your particular market. Around here, people love spanish rice & beans so much that it's usually served as an appetizer while the BBQ is finishing up on the grill/smoker.

I almost always throw a pot of beans (but not rice) in the smoker when I fire it up. I usually figure about 2# of dry beans per 10 people. That works out to 1/5# per person BUT I always shoot to have leftover beans to stock in the fridge/freezer for later use.

For a tentative 400 guests I think you could get away with 50# of dry pinto beans. I'm imagining one of those styrofoam to-go boxes with the 3 compartments - one large and two small. The max ammt of finished beans that'll fit in the small compartment is 3/4 of a cup. Rice would be about the same - maybe 1/2 cup packed. That works out to approx 1/4 cup dry beans per person. So one cup of dry pinto beans you buy will serve approx 4 people. My fuzzy math is telling me that you'd need 100 cups of uncooked beans -IF- all 400 guests were to eat beans. I estimate that there are 4 cups in a 2# bag so figure 2 cups per pound of uncooked beans. Soooooo..............for 100 cups of uncooked beans you'd need roughly 50# of uncooked beans. Wow, the 50# estimate was just that - an estimate and after doing the math, it worked out LOL.

Now, to quote Austin Powers after doing the math, "Oh no, I've gone cross-eyed!" PDT_Armataz_01_05.gif

I hope that helps you out some,

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