The pinto bean pod is a consumable item in Fallout: New Vegas.


Pinto bean pods are used for crafting mole rat stew as well as for reducing starvation in Hardcore mode. Pinto bean pods can only be obtained from plants or Salient Green, and the plants themselves are only found in two areas in the base game, making them moderately difficult to come by.

Survival Skill effectEdit

SkillEffectHardcore effect
10+1 Hit Point for 3s-6 Starvation 
20+1 Hit Point for 3s-7 Starvation 
30+1 Hit Point for 3s-8 Starvation 
40+1 Hit Point for 3s-9 Starvation 
50+2 Hit Point for 3s-10 Starvation 
60+2 Hit Point for 3s-11 Starvation 
70+2 Hit Point for 3s-12 Starvation 
80+2 Hit Point for 3s-13 Starvation 
90+2 Hit Point for 3s-14 Starvation 
100+3 Hit Point for 3s-15 Starvation 


  • There are seventeen plants along the banks of the Colorado River:
  • There are sixty-seven plants available inside three greenhouses at the NCR Sharecropper Farms: fifty-four normal-sized plants in the two northwestern-most greenhouses, and thirteen miniature plants in the southwestern-most greenhouse. Some will be counted as "stolen" but taking them will not result in Karma loss, and they will not have the stolen attribute when dropped.
  • A few plants can be found in Westside.
  • Old World Blues (add-on)Gametitle-FNV OWB Dried version, one of the items converted from the seed package in the X-22 botanical garden.
  • Old World Blues (add-on)Gametitle-FNV OWB One plant is available once you have upgraded the Biological research station after the completion of Field Research.


  • Pinto beans plants are unusual in that each plant yields two pods. This means that while they are perhaps the hardest plant to find in the game, they are not the rarest plant-based consumable: one trip through the Sharecropper Farms can result in 134 pods.
  • The Pip-Boy icon for the pinto bean pods is identical to the icon for the wasteland omelet.
  • Like xander roots, pinto bean pods have no value.