Mexican Pinto Beans

Mexican Pinto Beans

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    2 h 45 m
  • Ready In

    4 h
Recipe by  LAGIRL

“Slightly spicy beans similar to those served as a side dish in authentic Mexican restaurants.”

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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  1. Place the beans in a large pot with enough water to cover by 3 to 4 inches, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let sit 1 hour. Drain water. Pour in enough fresh water to cover beans by 3 to 4 inches, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 1 hour.
  2. Place bacon in a skillet, and cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Crumble bacon, and transfer, along with grease, to the pot with the beans. Continue to cook beans on low heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Place the whole chile peppers into the pot, and continue cooking beans 1 hour, or until tender.

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It really is easier to just not change the water again, but you might get a slightly less appealing looking broth. The other thing is that these are not "refried beans", so if that's what you are looking for you wont get with this recipe. One suggestion though (from a Mexican), follow these directions as they are. Once you have your cooked beans, take a skillet and pour some oil (maybe about 1/4 cup) heat the oil and take beans from the pot (drain the liquid first) and fry them in the oil. Mash them up while they are frying. You could also stir in some milk for a creamier texture.



The first time out I made them as per the recipe. They were ok. Second time, I added some chopped onions, diced tomatoes cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Much better...



I enjoyed it the first time, doing exactly what the recipe called for, but I loved it the second time when I added onions, jalapeno, garlic, diced tomatoes, cummin, cilantro, chili powder, and a copious amount of sea salt. It's a great recipe for starting out and finding what else you might want to add. Don't forget to soak your beans!

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Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 159 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 3.2 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs
  • 23 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 10.2 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 145 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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