Pinto Bean Recipes

From vegetarian burritos to meaty chili, Pinto beans are an easy and inexpensive way to make a filling dinner. Browse over 250 Pinto bean recipes to enjoy.

Staff Picks

Polish Chili

Rating: 4.67 stars
I received this recipe from my sister-in-law's friend and she is from Poland. It has fresh chilies and tomatoes, along with beef and polish sausage. This is a really good, different chili recipe.

Frijoles de Olla

Rating: 4.57 stars
Pinto beans are cooked simply in this classic recipe. Make a batch for your next fiesta!

One Pot Pinto Beans

Rating: 4.6 stars
No need to soak these beans! Very simple. These pinto beans are somewhat like refried beans without the frying. They are creamy and easy to make in no time. No messy clean up with these beans

Yoyo's BBQ Beans

Rating: 4.64 stars
This is a barbecued bean recipe I came up with on a whim thinking it would taste good. As it turns out, it tasted great!! My boyfriend ate more beans than BBQ!

Buffy's Refried Beans

Rating: 4.57 stars
These smooth and creamy beans make a tasty side for any Mexican dish.

Pinto Beans With Mexican-Style Seasonings

Rating: 4.77 stars
Pinto beans are simmered with onion, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin and garlic. I love making these beans just because they make the whole house smell so good, and the longer they simmer the better they taste. You could add 1/2 can of beer to make 'borracho' beans. I personally taste-test throughout the entire cooking process and add extra seasoning as I feel it needs it. These beans could simmer all day long; just make sure they have plenty of water to keep the beans covered.

Super Deluxe Steak Nachos

Rating: 4.94 stars
This is one of my all-time favorite party foods. For big games or special events, these nachos should get serious consideration for formulating your snack line-up. I recommend serving this with hot sauce on the side, and lots of beer.

Fiesta Pita

Rating: 4.5 stars
A very filling and delicious twist on a bean burrito.

Favorite Mexican Salad

Rating: 4.8 stars
This has been a favorite since my childhood! I liked it before I even would eat salad! It's always a huge hit and goes especially great with outdoor gatherings (i.e grilling, barbeques, etc.). My husband and I often make a huge salad and split it for our dinner. It's very flavorful, filling, and colorful. I am often requested to bring this to gatherings with friends.

Rush Hour Refried Beans

Rating: 4.56 stars
I love refried beans but don't always have the time to work with dried beans. This recipe uses canned beans and still tastes like I spent all day on it. Sometimes I crumble bacon on top of the finished product.

Navajo Tacos

Rating: 4.86 stars
A traditional Indian fry bread topped with a chili-style meat and bean mixture and taco-type toppings like shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped lettuce, and sour cream. A family favorite. Serve the leftovers as dessert with honey, butter, or sugar and cinnamon.

Terry's Texas Pinto Beans

Rating: 4.49 stars
An old fashioned 'pot of beans' recipe. It starts with dry pinto beans, onion, and chicken broth. Add green chili salsa, jalapeno and cumin for the spicy kick.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Mexican Lasagna Lite
Rating: Unrated
"This is a great recipe that can easily be doubled or more to make a tasty dish to take to a potluck." – TINAMC28
Frijoles a la Charra
Rating: Unrated
"Tried this recipe instead of my usual refried beans as a side dish to enchiladas; FANTASTIC!" – jodiek27

Just Like Wendy's® Chili

Rating: 4.81 stars

After trying several clone recipes and adjusting them to my tastes, I've concocted what I think is the best clone. Serve topped with finely diced white onions and/or shredded cheese. Enjoy!