Tasty Tuesday: Pinto Beans with Some Zing

A classic staple turned into something more. I make plain pinto beans with rice on occasion, but I am always looking for unique twists on the basic dish. The flavors of lime, cilantro & traditional taco seasonings make for a little splash of unexpected zing when making a pot of pinto beans. Do you see all the yummy juices at the bottom of the bowl? I love that part of this meal. I also love how satisfying it is. I make a whole pot of these and then use the leftovers all week long in other meals. They make a great addition to taco salads, burritos, tostadas & even beside some eggs in the morning!

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Pinto Beans with Some Zing

by Heather McCullah


small bag pinto beans

6 cups water

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

3 tbsps lime juice & zest of 1 lime

1 taco seasoning (dry) packet (I like the HOT flavored one)

prepared white or brown rice for 4-6 people

salt & pepper to taste


Cook beans according to package directions, but adding 1/2 of the taco seasoning packet, lime zest, lime juice and a teaspoon of salt into the water. Let cook until beans are tender and the water has mostly dissolved. Add in the remaining taco seasoning mix and stir. Add in the cilantro and stir again. Remove from heat and let sit covered while preparing the rice. Serve the beans with their juice over a mound of hot rice.


Serve each bowl with a wedge of lime for extra drizzling.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top.


~ by oneshotbeyond on August 2, 2010.

3 Responses to “Tasty Tuesday: Pinto Beans with Some Zing”

  1. That looks like a great way to do pinto beans. I think I have all the ingredients too, except maybe not the cilantro or lime. I’m going to try this tomorrow.

  2. I made these tonight and served over rice along with soft chicken tacos. Yum! This will be a staple for us now as everybody loved them. Thanks for Tasty Tuesday, Heather!

  3. Super glad to hear it Julie!

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