Pinto Beans and Bacon

Whole pinto beans flavored with bacon are a tasty variation on refried beans.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 35 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

3/4
lb mesquite-flavored bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1
cup chopped onions
2
cloves garlic, crushed
3
cans (15.5 oz each) pinto beans, drained, rinsed
1
can (12 oz) beer or beef broth
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1/2
teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4
teaspoon salt
  • 1 In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in saucepan.
  • 2 Stir in onions and garlic; cook over medium-high heat 5 to 8 minutes or until onion is softened.
  • 3 Add remaining ingredients except bacon; mix well. Reduce heat to medium; cook 18 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. Stir in all but 1/4 cup bacon. Crumble remaining bacon and sprinkle on top of beans. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

Cut down on prep time by using frozen chopped onions.

Cumin adds a warm, spicy (but not hot) flavor that jazzes up this easy-to-make side dish.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
530mg
530%;
Total Carbohydrate
28g
28%
(Dietary Fiber
9g
9%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
14g
14%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.