Mexican Pinto Beans

Pinto beans are extremely popular in Mexican cuisine. Although cans of pinto beans are always at the ready for a quick Mexican meal, cooking your own beans adds a whole dimension to the texture and flavor of your fiesta.

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How to Make Pinto Beans

This is a perfect side for an outdoor picnic and is high in protein while staying low in fat. Pinto beans are also inexpensive when you buy the dried version. Try this simple recipe the next time you are in need of an easy side dish.

How to Cook Pinto Beans

"Beans, beans..." While we all snickered at the saying as grade school children, it turns out beans really are good for your heart. High in fiber, they help your body keep your cholesterol levels in check, which can help prevent heart disease and other chronic conditions. And since dried beans tend to be among the cheaper offerings at most grocery stores, knowing how to cook pinto beans and other varieties is a great way to get a lot of bang for your grocery buck.

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.

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.

Spicy Bean Cakes

Taste of the South
Total: 1 hr 34 mins

Roast Beef Tamale Casserole

Better Homes and Gardens

A mild poblano chile pepper provides a hint of heat in this modern main-dish recipe.


Ladies' Home Journal

In Mexico, frijoles are served either soupy in broth or mashed and fried. This mouthwatering recipe, with pinto beans and salt pork, features both versions.

Pinto Beans

Better Homes and Gardens

For a barbecue or picnic, this low-fat side dish is delicious with grilled meats.

Chipotle Bean Burritos

MorningStar Farms
Total: 35 mins

Easy Fiesta Beans


An easy, tasty way to jazz up canned refried and pinto beans for the perfect side to accompany any Tex-Mex meal. Opt for fat-free refried beans and no-salt-added pinto beans to keep this dish as healthy as possible.

Total: 15 mins

Bean-and-Beef Enchilada Casserole

Better Homes and Gardens

This hearty dish has all the great taste of traditional enchiladas--cumin, chiles, and sour cream--without all of the fuss. It's a fast and easy favorite.

Three Bean Enchiladas

Better Homes and Gardens

Using canned beans makes this low-fat recipe for enchiladas a snap to prepare. We chose kidney, garbanzo, pinto, and navy beans, but you can use any combination of beans that you like.

Tijuana Torta


A Mexican-style torta is just like a burrito, except the "wrapper" is a hollowed-out roll instead of a tortilla. Here it's filled with mashed spiced black beans and a quick guacamole. Take this vegetarian version to another level (and add calcium) by melting Monterey Jack cheese onto the bean side of the sandwich. Serve with: Grilled corn on the cob or Spanish rice.

Total: 25 mins

Slow-Cooked Beans


By cooking your own dried beans, you save money, reduce sodium and get better flavor along with, surprisingly, more vitamins and minerals. If you can't use the whole batch, freeze surplus cooked beans for later use in soups, salads and dips. The range of time for cooking beans is wide and varies with the age and the type of beans selected.

Total: 5 hrs

Huevos Rancheros Tacos

Diabetic Living
Total: 25 mins

Spicy Bean Dip

Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
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