These spicy and flavorful beans are absurdly easy to make. I made them for the first time with just what I had lying around the house. The chipotle peppers really make this dish, but the Canadian Bacon really added another element and depth to the flavor. I often make these beans to serve with any kind of Mexican dish I might make. They are great in burritos, as a topping for nachos, or as a side for tacos or barbecue!
Makes roughly 6 servings at about 775 calories total or about 130 calories per serving.
Chipotle Flavored Pinto Beans with Canadian Bacon Recipe
Chipotle flavored pinto beans.
- 2 cans 15.5 oz. pinto beans (560 calories)
- 1/2 medium-large onion roughly chopped (20 calories)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder (8 calories)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (10 calories)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika (6 calories)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt Note: Instead of the onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and salt, you can try using a tablespoon of pre-mixed low-sodium Adobo seasoning.
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 or 2 chipotle peppers from a can (about 50 cal.)
- 2 teaspoons of adobo sauce from chipotle peppers in a can
- 1 cup of water (or enough to just cover the beans)
- Optional, but highly recommended: 3 to 6 slices of Canadian Bacon (about 120 calories)
- Medium sauce pot
- Spoon or wooden spoon for stirring
- Cutting board
- Teaspoon measurement
- Measuring Cup
- Rinse the beans under cold water and place into the sauce pot.
- Chop the onion roughly into 1/2 inch pieces and put into the pot with the beans.
- Add the cup of water and bring the beans to a low boil at medium-high heat.
- Chop the Canadian Bacon into small 1/2-inch or 1/4-inch pieces.
- Once a low boil is achieved, add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a low simmer.
- Let all of the ingredients simmer on low heat and covered for at least 30 min, but 45 min is recommended while stirring every 15 min or so.
- After that, remove the bay leaf and take out the chipotle peppers if you don’t want to accidentally eat them with the beans.
- Then serve hot as a side dish, topping, or filler for wraps.
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