Mexican Bean Dishes

Beans are a mainstay of Mexican cuisine, whether black beans with rice or refried pinto beans tucked into a tortilla. Take advantage of these healthy legumes in your Mexican menu.

See Popular Mexican Bean Dishes Recipes

Charro Beans

Food & Wine

"Most people prefer margaritas either frozen or on the rocks. In Texas, it's the same with refried beans versus charro," says Tim Love. Refried beans are made with mashed pintos; for charro -- a Tex-Mex take on pork and beans -- the beans are served whole in a spicy broth.

Total: 4 hrs

Pork Mole with Coriander Rice and Barracho Beans

Better Homes and Gardens

A homemade mole sauce flavors lean pork tenderloin in this Mexican-style recipe.

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

Pace Salsa & Picante

Crisp, cheesy, spicy and satisfying all describe these easy-to-make snacks. Beans, Pace® Picante and shredded cheese are layered with onion in between tortillas and baked in a hot oven to a golden brown. Cut into wedges and serve with extra Pace® Picante Sauce.

Total: 20 mins

Black Bean-and-Quinoa Salad

Food & Wine

Ken Oringer believes chefs need to make a point of eating healthy dishes when they can, so he includes protein-rich quinoa in his diet at least three times a week. Here he mixes the grain with black beans, onions and peppers to make a hearty and very satisfying side dish that's a fun variation on prosaic five-bean salad.

Total: 2 hrs 45 mins

Bean Burrito Bowl

RO*TEL

Burrito ingredients flavorful rice, beans, tomatoes, corn, cilantro, and lettuce without a tortilla, layered in individual bowls or in a casserole dish.

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Carne Asada with Black Beans

Food & Wine

At Frontera Grill in Chicago, Rick Bayless serves this classic dish that combines grilled marinated steak, fried plantains, homemade black beans, and fresh guacamole. Trim the dish back to a simple duo of spice-marinated rib eye steaks and canned black beans served with avocado.

Total: 1 hr

Chili Taco Pizza

RO*TEL

Wolf Brand Chili mixed with tomato sauce becomes a quick pizza sauce. Top with cheddar cheese, black beans, tomatoes, and lettuce for a taco twist.

Total: 30 mins

Mexican Black Bean Pizza: Dinner for $10

This month at Dinner for $10 we're all about Meatless Mondays and sharing some of our favorite family-friendly vegetarian main dishes. And somewhere close to the top of that list is this Mexican Black Bean Pizza. Yes, pizza! What could be more family-friendly than that? Here, a tasty, easy-to-make blend of canned black beans, cilantro and a dash of spicy seasoning is topped with cheese (gotta have plenty of cheese!) and chopped red pepper and green onion. Baked til bubbly, it's eminently delicious and wonderfully satisfying. Using refrigerated pizza dough, it's crazy easy to make, too -- justread more

Bean Burritos

Better Homes and Gardens

Burritos are rolled Mexican or Tex-Mex sandwiches, traditionally filled with refried beans. Today's variation is a large flour tortillas wrapped around such fillings such as beans, tomatoes, avocados, and cheese. Serve this meatless, high-fiber main dish with salsa.

Refried Black Beans

Taste of the South
Total: 57 mins

Chili-Cornbread Skillet

Family Circle

You need only five ingredients and one skillet to fix this main-dish recipe. Top the ground turkey and chili bean filling with cornbread batter made from a mix and bake right in the skillet.

Spicy Tex-Mex Pizza

Better Homes and Gardens

This easy vegetarian corn and bean pizza comes together in minutes.

Chicken & Millet Burrito

Family Circle

Mexican Meatball Stew

Better Homes and Gardens
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