Chipotle Flavored Pinto Beans Recipe

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! Please note that these beans aren’t a copycat recipe of a certain burrito chain. These are just flavored using chipotle peppers.

Makes roughly 6 servings at about 775 calories total or about 130 calories per serving.

Chipotle Flavored Pinto Beans with Canadian Bacon Recipe

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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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
  • Colander
  • Spoon or wooden spoon for stirring
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Teaspoon measurement
  • Measuring Cup


  1. Rinse the beans under cold water and place into the sauce pot.
  2. Chop the onion roughly into 1/2 inch pieces and put into the pot with the beans.
  3. Add the cup of water and bring the beans to a low boil at medium-high heat.
  4. Chop the Canadian Bacon into small 1/2-inch or 1/4-inch pieces.
  5. Once a low boil is achieved, add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a low simmer.
  6. 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.
  7. After that, remove the bay leaf and take out the chipotle peppers if you don’t want to accidentally eat them with the beans.
  8. Then serve hot as a side dish, topping, or filler for wraps.


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6 thoughts on “Chipotle Flavored Pinto Beans Recipe

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  1. Yum! I be this would be great as a stew of sorts too…. add some ground turkey and more veggies. Thanks!!

  2. Made these the other day and they were great on tacos and nachos. They were easy to make too! Thanks

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