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: 4.5 stars 24
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: 4.5 stars 30
Pinto beans are cooked simply in this classic recipe. Make a batch for your next fiesta!

One Pot Pinto Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 87
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: 4.5 stars 15
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: 4.5 stars 101
These smooth and creamy beans make a tasty side for any Mexican dish.

Pinto Beans With Mexican-Style Seasonings

Rating: 5 stars 186
Start with dry beans for this delicious, slow-simmered side or main.

Super Deluxe Steak Nachos

Rating: 5 stars 17
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.

How to Cook Pinto Beans — Three Easy Ways

Pinto beans can be made on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, or with an Instant Pot.
By Hayley Sugg

Favorite Mexican Salad

Rating: 5 stars 25
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: 4.5 stars 64
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: 4.5 stars 8
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: 4.5 stars 437
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 96
"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 163
"Tried this recipe instead of my usual refried beans as a side dish to enchiladas; FANTASTIC!" – jodiek27
Quick and Easy Refried Beans
Rating: 4.5 stars 322

A 20-minute refried beans recipe for busy evenings. Hello, Taco Tuesday!