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.

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

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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.

Roast Beef Tamale Casserole

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

Bean Burritos

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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.

Frijoles Charros con Carne Cuatro (Cowboy Beans with Four Meats)

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Spoon this spicy pork and bean blend over a pile of white or brown rice.

Pinto Beans

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

How to Make Refried Beans

Instead of reaching for the prepared can at the supermarket, learn how to make refried beans for your next Mexican meal. When cooked from scratch, this dish will be lower in fat and sodium than the canned convenience product. Refried beans are an ideal side dish for tacos, but they can also be used inside tortillas or as part of a layered dip.

Tortilla Pillows


Who needs those packaged pizza bites? Freeze several of these super-simple bean "pillows" for a Mexican fiesta at snack time. These are great for school lunches, too!

Beer-Braised Brisket Burritos

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This tender brisket is infused with flavors from both beer and bacon!

Huevos Rancheros Tacos

Diabetic Living
Total: 25 mins

Bean-and-Beef Enchilada Casserole

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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

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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.

Southwestern Salsa Steak Chili

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Total: 20 mins
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