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The Best Mexican Style Pinto Beans With Bacon Recipe

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How To Cook Pinto Beans On Stovetop Without Soaking?

This easy to follow recipe teaches how to cook Mexican style pinto beans on the stove.  This recipe calls for several ingredients you probably have in your fridge, and you can omit any ingredients if you don't have them on hand.  Furthermore, cooking dry pinto beans on the stove is easy, inexpensive, and much healthier than buying the canned version.  

In addition, if you have ever wondered how to cook Mexican Style pinto beans in a crock pot, you can use this recipe.  I buy organic pinto beans because they tend to be healthier for you: I use an online grocery delivery for all my specialty groceries, including organic.  If you like my pinto bean recipe in a crock pot, then try my mashed potato recipe.

You can turn a pot of pinto beans into different meals, such as bean and cheese tacos, burrito with picadillo, tostadas, refried beans from pinto beans, and much more.   This recipe makes delicious, tender, and creamy beans.  The beans will not be plump, and they will be so soft they will fall apart.  Additionally, you can easily make refried beans by warming up some olive oil or something similar, adding your beans, letting them boil for a few minutes, and mashing them to make them.   

Furthermore, Mexican pinto beans are a good side dish with Carnitas Tacosscrambled or fried eggs, and almost any Mexican dish.  Finally, this recipe on how to cook pinto beans Mexican style will be a hit in your household.

Is Cooking Mexican Style Pinto Beans Easy?

Cooking dried pinto beans is easy and can be customized as you, please.  Instead of using bacon like this recipe calls, you can make Crockpot pinto beans and ham.  Finally, this is my version of Ranchero Pinto Beans.  Buying pinto beans in a can is not an option in my house.  Although canned pinto beans are so convenient, they can be spruced up to taste better.  Dried pinto beans taste so much better and go a long way.

What's the best way to cook pinto beans on the stove top?



First, remove all debris from the beans. Sometimes you will find small rocks in the. Bring the beans to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer.  Add salt to taste and cumin. Cover and cook unsoaked pinto beans for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. At about 2 hours, taste your beans and add salt as needed. Add a little at a time so as not to make them salty. When they are done cooking, they will be tender but still a little firm and not mushy. (I test by squeezy one bean with your fingers. If it mushes easily, then they are done.)


What can I add to pinto beans to make them taste better?



Easy pinto beans Mexican Style recipe: Cover the beans with water and add the cumin, bacon, diced garlic, chopped-up onion, chipotle powder, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Then cook low and slow.

Pro Tip: 
Soaking pinto beans: will speed up the cooking time.  For example, you can soak your beans overnight or for several hours.  Before cooking the dried pinto beans, remove any tiny rocks or debris. Finally, to make Borracho beans (drunk beans), add a 12 oz. dark beer to your beans.

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How to cook pinto beans

What Should I Add To My Pinto Beans?

Ingredients for Mexican Style Pinto Beans

  • 16 Ounces or (6 Cups) of beans (BUY HERE)
  • 1 TBSP ground cumin  (BUY HERE)
  • 3 thick-cut slices of bacon, cut into thirds (you can add them raw or fry them some first.  I prefer to fry them before adding to my beans) or salt pork (I love pinto beans with bacon)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 TBSP Kosher salt (You can start with 2 TBSP and taste your beans and more salt if desired) (BUY HERE)
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • Ground black pepper
  • Flour or Corn Starch to thicken beans
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How To Cook Mexican Style Pinto Beans From Scratch?



  1. Clean beans, and remove any rocks or debris, as needed
  2. Rinse dried pinto beans with cold water
  3. Place the pinto beans in a Stockpot with a Cover, Slow Cooker Set, or crock pot. 
  4. Cover the beans with water (leave about 6 inches of water from the top of your beans to the top of the water line) and add cumin, bacon, garlic, onion, bell pepper, tomato, and salt and pepper. 
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook until the beans are falling tender
  6. *****If you soak your beans overnight, they will be tender after 2 to 3 1/2 hours. The rest of the steps are still the same but skip to #8
  7. If you don't soak your beans overnight, they will be tender after about 5 hours.  At this point, you can taste your bean broth to see if they need more salt. If you like a little spice, you can add paprika or something similar
  8. I like to cook my beans until they are almost falling apart. Once your beans are tender (after 5 hours or so) 
  9. Start with 2 TBSP of flour or corn starch, dissolve in warm water and add to your beans.  Mix thoroughly.  This will thicken your bean broth. You can adjust accordingly.
  10. Cook your beans for another 1 hour or longer if you wish. The longer you cook them, the better they are.
  11. Stir your beans periodically, so they don't stick to the bottom of your pan

Pro Tip: 

  1.  If your beans start to dry out, add more water but are sure it is hot water
  2. Use a stainless steal pan or crock pot to cook your beans

The takeaway, by far, is the Best Pinto Bean Recipe I have used.  This how-to-make pinto beans on the stove recipe are super simple, and it is an inexpensive meal.  Also, you can freeze leftover beans and use them later.  I hope you and your family enjoy these pinto beans as much as we do. Finally, preparing real food does not contain preservatives or chemicals found in canned goods.

****Buy Organic produce and ingredients when possible – If you enjoyed this recipe, try our Sauteed Green  Bean Recipe or Left Over Mashed Potatoes in Three Different Ways. We don't waste food in our home.  It either goes in our belly or the compost.

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