Spicy Pinto Beans

Spicy Pinto Beans

1 cup dried pinto beans

3 cups water, divided

4 oz salt pork

1 small onion, chopped

½ red bell pepper, chopped

½ green bell pepper, chopped

½ jalapeno pepper, minced

½ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp pepper

Salt to taste

Place pinto beans in a bowl and cover with 2 cups cool water. Cover bowl and soak at room temperature for a minimum of 6 hours and a maximum of 12 hours.

Remove rind from salt pork and chop into small pieces. Place in a deep saucepan with beans, onion, peppers and spices. Cover with 1 cup water.

Bring beans to a boil. Turn heat to medium low, cover and simmer until beans are tender, 1 ½ to 2 hours. Stir occasionally and add water as necessary to keep the mixture covered. Increase water levels if a more soup-like consistency is desired.

Allow to set for 30 minutes before serving. Reheat if necessary.

4 servings, 395 calories per serving

Hack: Serve with Spanish rice for a great lunch/dinner or eggs for a hearty breakfast!

Hack: Freeze leftovers sealed in serving sized packages for later use.



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4 Replies to “Spicy Pinto Beans”

  1. Hello there, I like this article because I know about this before, let me share my own idea Pinto beans are cooked with onion, tomatoes, pepper  cumin and garlic. I love making these beans just because they make the whole house smell so great and the longer they cook the better they taste. 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. This is my own idea, I love beans  so well.

    1. I’ve had several people suggest tomatoes or tomato sauce.  I’m going to have to try that and perhaps adjust the recipe.  I think anything is made better with a long simmer but not long enough to turn it into bean mush!  😉 Enjoy and please let me know what adjustments you made and how it turned out.

  2. I was advised to eat beans because of the fiber{ not these particular beans though }during my intermittent fasting period for weight loss and simply because I hardly use the convenience. Sometimes I like my bean fried with tomato sauce because of the aroma and I will be to making this week.  

    1. Beans are a healthy addition to anyone’s diet!  I often put ketchup in my beans and I’m sure these would also be good with ketchup or tomato sauce!  

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