Easy Spicy Pinto Beans

Spicy pinto beans are easy to make right on your stovetop! They’re inexpensive and nutritious with a kick of spice and jalapeno pepper.

Spicy Pinto Beans

Spicy Pinto Beans

Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 395 kcal


  • 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 of cool water. Cover the bowl and soak at room temperature for a minimum of 6 hours and a maximum of 12 hours.
  • (NOTE:  The above step can be done ahead.  Drain beans and store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)
  • Remove the rind from salt pork and chop it into small pieces. Place in a deep saucepan with beans, onion, peppers and spices. Cover with 1 cup of 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.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.  Allow to thaw completely in the refrigerator before reheating.
Keyword beans, dried beans, easy, healthy, low calorie, pinto beans, spicy, stovetop

Did you know?  Pinto beans are a member of the legume family.  Legumes come in many options, are inexpensive and they’re packed with nutrition!!

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

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