Mexican Pinto Beans From Scratch Recipe

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Learn how to cook pinto beans with this Mexican Pinto Beans From Scratch Recipe.  This recipe uses dried pinto beans, green chilies, jalapeno, onion, garlic, bay leaves and cilantro all simmered slowly on the stovetop.  These pinto beans turn out tender and delicious every time.

These Mexican Pinto Beans are made with pinto beans, onion, garlic and Mexican seasoning and they make a perfect side dish to to any Mexican or TexMex dish

Mexican Pinto Beans make a perfect side dish to grilled chicken, fish or your favorite Mexican or TexMex dish.  They’re also great served alone with Pico de Gallo, avocado slices and plenty of warm flour tortillas!!

These Mexican Pinto Beans are made with pinto beans, onion, garlic and Mexican seasoning and they make a perfect side dish to to any Mexican or TexMex dish

MEXICAN PINTO BEANS RECIPE

After soaking time, these 1-pot pinto beans come together in about 2 hours.  This is the best Mexican pinto beans recipe (yet it’s versatile) and I make it all the time!  

  • Dried pinto beans
  • Onion (yellow and green)
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Canned green chiles
  • Bay leaves
  • Broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

VARIATIONS 

  • Use water or chicken broth instead of vegetable broth
  • Add 1 canned chili in adobo sauce, finely chopped for a smokey flavor and more heat
  • Add about 2 teaspoons chili powder (for extra heat)
  • Add chopped tomato

HOW TO MAKE PINTO BEANS

If you’ve ever wondered how to make pinto beans from scratch, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how easy cooking pinto beans is!

  • Soaking Pinto Beans – Soak the dried pinto beans overnight in water. Reserve half of the water the next day and discard the rest.
  • Onion, Garlic and Jalapeno – Cook onion, garlic and jalapeno.
  • Add Beans – add beans, green chilies, the other half of jalapeno, vegetable broth and bay leaves.
  • Simmer – simmer beans covered for an hour and then another hour uncovered.  Cook a little longer for softer beans.
  • Season  – season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper

TIPS  

  • SoakingDried pinto beans are covered in water (about 2 inches above the beans) then they’re left to soak overnight.  
  • Simmering:  The pinto beans are simmered on the stovetop for about 2 hours (if you leave the lid on = creamier beans, leave the lid off = richer flavor).  Simmer the beans a little longer if you like your beans creamy soft.

QUICK SOAK DRIED BEANS

  • If you’re in a hurry and don’t want to soak your beans overnight – you can do a quick-soak method for these stovetop pinto beans. Here’s how…
  • Cover the beans with water (the water should be about 2 inches above the beans),
  • Bring the water and beans to a rapid boil, then turn the flame off and let the beans sit in the water for about an hour.   
  • Then cook as usual. 
  • Check on your  beans every hour while they’re cooking and add more water or broth if needed.

These Mexican Pinto Beans are made with pinto beans, onion, garlic and Mexican seasoning and they make a perfect side dish to to any Mexican or TexMex dish

HOW TO SERVE MEXICAN PINTO BEANS

  • Add them to Enchiladas, tostadas, taco bowls and Mexican Casseroles
  • Layer them on tortilla chips for nachos
  • Use them for Huevos Rancheros 
  • Stuff baked sweet potatoes with them
  • Make Molletes with them (Mexican beans on toast)
  • Mash them into refried beans
  • Use them to make bean dip
  • Add more broth and call it bean soup

These Mexican Pinto Beans are made with pinto beans, onion, garlic and Mexican seasoning and they make a perfect side dish to to any Mexican or TexMex dish

Benefits of Beans

  • Rich with cholesterol-lowering fiber
  • Helps to regulate blood sugar levels
  • Good source of protein, folate, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium manganese and potassium

EASY SIDE DISH RECIPES 

WHAT TO SERVE WITH PINTO BEANS 

Originally published 7.2019 – updated 8.2020

These Mexican Pinto Beans are made with pinto beans, onion, garlic and Mexican seasoning and they make a perfect side dish to to any Mexican or TexMex dish
Yield: 8 servings

Mexican Pinto Beans

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

These Mexican Pinto Beans make a perfect side dish to grilled chicken, fish or your favorite Mexican or TexMex dish.  They’re also great served alone with Pico de Gallo, avocado slices and plenty of warm flour tortillas!!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 2-3 green onions, white and light green parts chopped fine
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 (4.24 ounce) can chopped green chiles (I use Ortega)
  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, stem and seeds discarded - mince half of pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 2 cups water (add 1/2 cup at a time as needed while cooking)
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Soak the beans overnight in water that . Reserve 2 cups of the water the next day and discard the rest.
  2. Add the oil to a Dutch oven and saute onion for about 3 – 5 minutes or until soft. 
  3. Add the green onion, garlic, minced jalapeno and cilantro and cook another minute or two.
  4. Add the soaked beans, 2 cups reserved soaking water, green chilies, the other half of jalapeno, chicken broth and bay leaves.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer.
  6. Cook for an hour covered then cook another hour uncovered. Make sure to add more broth or water if needed.
  7. Cook a little longer for softer beans.
  8. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper
  9. Remove bay leaves and jalapeno half and serve.

Notes

VARIATIONS 

  • Use water or chicken broth instead of vegetable broth
  • Add 1 canned chili in adobo sauce, finely chopped for a smokey flavor and more heat
  • Add about 2 teaspoons chili powder (for extra heat)
  • Add chopped tomato

TIPS  

Soaking:  Dried pinto beans are covered in water (about 2 inches above the beans) then they're left to soak overnight.  

Simmering:  The pinto beans are simmered on the stovetop for about 2 hours (if you leave the lid on = creamier beans, leave the lid off = richer flavor).  Simmer the beans a little longer if you like your beans creamy soft.

QUICK SOAK DRIED BEANS

  • If you're in a hurry and don't want to soak your beans overnight - you can do a quick-soak method for these stovetop pinto beans. Here's how...
  • Cover the beans with water (the water should be about 2 inches above the beans),
  • Bring the water and beans to a rapid boil, then turn the flame off and let the beans sit in the water for about an hour.   
  • Then cook as usual. 
  • Check on your  beans every hour while they're cooking and add more water or broth if needed.

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