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The Best Ways to Use Pinto Beans

Throw together a quick and easy meal tonight with some help from a can of pinto beans.

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Cantina Pinto BeansTaste of Home

Cantina Pinto Beans

This dish was inspired by one served at a Dallas, Texas, restaurant. The chef added chunks of ham, but my version is meatless. It makes a great Tex-Mex side or a filling lunch when served with cornbread. —L.R. Larson, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Grilled Bean BurgersTaste of Home

Grilled Bean Burgers


These juicy veggie patties have major flavor with cumin, garlic and a little chili powder. They hold their own against any veggie burger you‘d buy at the supermarket. —Marguerite Shaeffer, Sewell, New Jersey
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Collard Greens & BeansTaste of Home

Collard Greens & Beans


I never tried collard greens until a friend gave me this recipe that calls for bacon and pinto beans. Now I look forward to serving this Southern staple on Thanksgiving. —April Burroughs, Vilonia, Arkansas
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Double-Duty Layered Enchilada CasseroleTaste of Home

Double-Duty Layered Enchilada Casserole


Here's a heap of cozy comfort. The Taste of Home Test Kitchen took my recipe for chili without beans and turned it into a scrumptious enchilada casserole. —Molly Butt, Granville, Ohio
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Tangy Bean SoupTaste of Home

Tangy Bean Soup


This soup has a great southwestern flavor and is a real winner with my family. I love it because I can have the soup cooking in my crock pot, and when I get home from work, I can quickly make the dumplings and fix dinner in a jiffy.
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Layered Cornbread SaladTaste of Home

Layered Cornbread Salad


When the garden comes in, we harvest the veggies and layer them with cornbread and sweet relish for this snappy salad. Everyone wants seconds. —Rebecca Clark, Warrior, Alabama
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Baked Beans MoleTaste of Home

Baked Beans Mole


My son and husband love this hearty side dish that is quick and easy to prepare but yet so flavorful. Chocolate, chili and honey mingle to create a rich, savory flavor that's not too spicy and not too sweet. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
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Six-Bean ChiliTaste of Home

Six-Bean Chili


When it's cold and frosty outside this meatless chili is sure to warm you up. It's packed with fiber, protein and flavor. Serve it with sliced avocado. Or add shredded cheese, corn tortilla chips or a side of your favorite cornbread. —Liz Bellville, Jacksonville, North Carolina
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Texas Chili FriesTaste of Home

Texas Chili Fries


The delicious chili goes together in minutes and then cooks while you run errands. The only way to make it even better is to pour it over crisp french fries and sprinkle with cheese. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Frito PieTaste of Home

Frito Pie


Frito pie is legendary in the Southwest for being spicy, salty and cheesy fabulous. Here’s my easy take on this crunchy classic. —Jan Moon, Alamogordo, New Mexico
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Tasty Taco Chopped SaladTaste of Home

Tasty Taco Chopped Salad


My friends and I love Mexican food, but we also try to eat healthy. My mom taught me how to make this tasty taco salad for my friends. —Matthew Smith, Knippa, Texas
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Sweet N Sour BeansTaste of Home

Sweet N Sour Beans


This recipe is popular on both sides of the border. It came from a friend in Alaska, then traveled with me to old Mexico, where I lived for 5 years, and is now a potluck favorite in my Arkansas community. It's easy to keep the beans warm and serve from a slow cooker. -Barbara Short, Mena, Arkansas
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Southwest Chicken DinnerTaste of Home

Southwest Chicken Dinner


My family loves to order those gigantic takeout Tex-Mex burritos, but they can be expensive and we always have leftovers. I created a lighter, no-guilt alternative with the flavors they love, and that skips the tortilla. —Marquisha Turner, Aurora, Colorado
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Butternut Squash ChiliTaste of Home

Butternut Squash Chili


Add butternut squash to chili for a tasty, filling, energy-packed dish your whole family will love. Mine does! —Jeanne Larson, Mission Viejo, California
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Slow-Cooker Salsa ChickenTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken


This is a go-to recipe when I know I'll be having a busy day. My family loves salsa, so I came up with this recipe for something to throw into a slow cooker and simmer on low. We love it served over rice or noodles and topped with tortilla chips and sour cream. —Deborah Pennington, Decatur, Alabama
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Patio PintosTaste of Home

Patio Pintos


Any time Mom had the gang over for dinner, she made these pinto beans. Once she made a batch for my cousin’s birthday, and he ate the entire thing. —Joan Hallford, Fort Worth, Texas
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Chili for a CrowdTaste of Home

Chili for a Crowd


This chili for a crowd was handed down to me by my aunt, who said she got it from a "grizzled Montana mountain man." I added some zesty ingredients to come up with the final version. Hot food is something that my husband's family isn't accustomed to, so I adjust the spices for them. In fact, with a few simple alterations to the "heat" index, I can serve this chili to anyone. —Lisa Humphreys, Wasilla, Alaska
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Warm Rice & Pintos SaladTaste of Home

Warm Rice & Pintos Salad


During my undergrad years, my roommate taught me how to cook vegetarian dishes like brown rice with pintos. It's so versatile; you can turn it into a wrap or casserole. —Natalie Van Apeldoorn, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Mexican Leek SoupTaste of Home

Mexican Leek Soup


This soup is so satisfying. You can substitute other beans, use kale instead of spinach, or add leftover corn. For brunch, I add a fried egg on top and for dinner, my husband adds lots of hot sauce! —Donna Ahnert, Scotia, New York
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Pinto Bean TostadasTaste of Home

Pinto Bean Tostadas


Ready-to-go pinto beans and crispy corn tortillas prove how easy it is to make a healthy meal. Chili powder kicks up the fun, making this a popular pick for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Tangy Baked Seven BeansTaste of Home

Tangy Baked Seven Beans


Everyone needs a go-to side dish for school events, picnics and potlucks. Here's mine. Freeze leftovers for future outings. —Rod Lundwall, Tooele, Utah
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Upside-Down Frito PieTaste of Home

Upside-Down Frito Pie


Using ground turkey is a smart way to lighten up this hearty family-pleaser!—Mary Berg, Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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Pork, Bean & Rice BurritosTaste of Home

Pork, Bean & Rice Burritos


The combination of spices is key to this slow-cooked pork—it's my family's favorite burrito filling. The aroma that fills the air as the pork slowly simmers is like a Mexican restaurant. A perfect recipe for tailgate parties. —Valonda Seward, Coarsegold, California
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Tex-Mex Bean Bake with Cornbread ToppingTaste of Home

Tex-Mex Bean Bake with Cornbread Topping


I frequently cooked this dish when I was on the cross-country team in college. We loved this veggie-packed bake so much I would have to make two! For a meaty version, substitute shredded chicken for half of the potato. —Samantha Westveer, Kentwood, Michigan
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Spicy Touchdown ChiliTaste of Home

Spicy Touchdown Chili


For me, football, cool weather and chili just seem to go together. Whether I’m cheering on the local team on a Friday night or enjoying a Saturday afternoon of Oklahoma Sooner football with some friends, I enjoy serving this chili on game day. —Chris Neal, Quapaw, Oklahoma
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Chili Cornbread SaladTaste of Home

Chili Cornbread Salad


A co-worker brought this wonderful dish to a potluck several years ago. She had copies of the recipe next to the pan. Now I make it for get-togethers and also supply copies of the recipe. I never have any leftover salad or recipes. —Kelly Newsom, Jenks, Oklahoma
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Simple Chicken EnchiladasTaste of Home

Simple Chicken Enchiladas


This recipe is so quick and easy, and I always receive a ton of compliments. It quickly becomes a favorite of friends whenever I share the recipe. Modify the spiciness with the intensity of the salsa and the green chilis to suit your taste. —Kristi Black, Harrison Township, Michigan
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Bean & Beef Slow-Cooked ChiliTaste of Home

Bean & Beef Slow-Cooked Chili


This chili may be loaded, but we love to build it up even more with toppings like pico de gallo, red onion, cilantro and cheese. —Mallory Lynch, Madison, Wisconsin
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Texas Taco Dip PlatterTaste of Home

Texas Taco Dip Platter


When I'm entertaining, this colorful dish is my top menu choice. My friends can't resist the hearty appetizer topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and olives. —Kathy Young, Weatherford, Texas
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Simple Taco SoupTaste of Home

Simple Taco Soup


We first tried this thick-as-chili soup at a church dinner. It’s a warm dish ideal for a cold day and easy to prepare with kitchen staples. So what are you waiting for? Dig in! —Glenda Taylor, Sand Springs, Oklahoma
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Hearty Sausage-Chicken ChiliTaste of Home

Hearty Sausage-Chicken Chili


The company I work for has an annual Chili Cook-Off, and this unusual recipe of mine was a winner. It combines two other recipes and includes a touch or two of my own. —Carolyn Etzler, Thurmont, Maryland
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One-Pot Chili MacTaste of Home

One-Pot Chili Mac


This hearty entree is low in fat, but full of flavor. I love that you can cook the dried pasta right in the chili. One less pot to wash! This also reheats in the microwave perfectly. —Dawn Forsberg, Saint Joseph, Missouri
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Best Ever Beans and SausageTaste of Home

Best Ever Beans and Sausage


My wife cooked up this dish, which is very popular with our friends and family. When she asks what she should bring, the reply is always: “Your beans and sausage—and a couple copies of the recipe!” — Robert Saulnier, Clarksburg, Massachusetts
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Freezer BurritosTaste of Home

Freezer Burritos


These burritos go from freezer to plate in minutes without the extra salt and chemicals of store brands. Make a batch for quick dinners or late-night snacks—or even breakfast! —Laura Winemiller, Delta, Pennsylvania
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Tortilla Chicken Bean SoupTaste of Home

Tortilla Chicken Bean Soup


Tasty toppings jazz up this no-fuss soup that has Mexican flair. The recipe for this sure-to-please soup was given to me by a friend. I make it often for company, and everyone asks for the recipe. You can substitute pinto beans in red chili sauce for the regular pinto beans and cumin called for in the recipe. —Michelle Larson, Greentown, Indiana
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Zippy Vegetarian ChiliTaste of Home

Zippy Vegetarian Chili


Hominy and garbanzo beans are interesting additions to this zippy chili recipe that uses canned goods from the cupboard. I often serve it with cornbread or flour tortillas for a speedy meal. It's economical, too. —Karen Hunt, Bellvue, Colorado
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Southern Cornbread SaladTaste of Home

Southern Cornbread Salad


To feed a crowd, especially when I want to make a good impression, I make this eye-popping cornbread salad. It’s beautiful in a trifle bowl. I love it in summer, when we can make it with our own garden produce. —Debbie Johnson, Centertown, Missouri
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Turkey ChiliTaste of Home

Turkey Chili


I've taken my mother's turkey chili recipe and made it thicker and more robust. It's a favorite, especially in fall and winter. —Celesta Zanger, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Barbecued Bean SaladTaste of Home

Barbecued Bean Salad


This tangy, hearty salad is a refreshing dish to serve at a summertime picnic. Mild spices blend nicely with the beans and garden ingredients. Be prepared to bring home an empty bowl. —Linda Ault, Newberry, Indiana
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Beef and Bean Taco ChiliTaste of Home

Beef and Bean Taco Chili


This chili recipe is a lifesaver when I'm cooking on the fly. It's loaded with convenience ingredients, but you can pile on the veggies if you're in the mood for a fresh crunch. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

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