Salsa Pinto Beans Recipe
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Salsa Pinto Beans Recipe

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This is a zippy alternative to refried beans. This easy side dish is so homey and hearty. Sometimes I top it off with a sprinkling of shredded cheese or a dollop of sour cream.—Lorna Nault, Chesterton, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup salsa

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 96 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 219mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large skillet or saucepan, saute onion and cilantro in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the beans and salsa; heat through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Salsa Pinto Beans in Quick Cooking May/June 2001, p7

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shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 35808
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"I loved these beans!!! We frequently have beans as a side, but this is a great easy way to jazz them up. The best part is that the ingredients are things that I usually have on hand."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 52995
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"This was very good but next time I would add more salsa."

j_eavou User ID: 3311243 31552
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"quick and good. I suggest really to mince the onion and use a spicy, thick, chunky salsa and if you like it extra spicy use some pepper sauce."

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