Pinto Beans with Bacon and Jalapeños

Pinto beans with sautéed onions, bacon, and pan roasted jalapenos.

Pinto Beans with Bacon
Elise Bauer

A family favorite meal around here is steak, salsa, and beans, often served with some warmed fresh corn tortillas on the side.

Usually the beans for this ensemble are refried beans, but this week we decided to serve the beans whole, and dress them up a bit with pan roasted jalapeños, onions, and bacon. So good! Quick and easy too. Sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro to serve.

Want to make your beans from scratch? Here's how to make them on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker!

Pinto Beans with Bacon and Jalapeños

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 to 3 whole jalapeño chile peppers

  • 2 to 3 thick-cut slices bacon

  • 2 cups onion, chopped

  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups cooked pinto beans (2 15-ounce cans, rinsed and drained)

  • Salt

  • 1/2 cup, loosely packed, fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Cook and prep jalapeños:

    Heat oil in a medium skillet on high heat. Put the jalapeños in the pan and stir to coat with the oil. Let cook, turning occasionally, on all sides, until all sides are nicely browned (about 10-15 minutes, depending on how hot your burner is).

    Remove from pan. Cut away and discard the stem, core, seeds, and veins. Coarsely chop the remaining jalapeño flesh.

  2. Cook bacon:

    While the jalapeños are cooking, cook the bacon slices on medium low heat in a large skillet, until crispy. Remove bacon from the pan to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour off (do not discard down the drain!) all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat.

  3. Cook onion in bacon fat:

    Add the chopped onion to the pan with the bacon fat. Increase the heat to medium high and cook until translucent and lightly browned. Add the minced garlic and cook a minute more. While the onion is cooking, chop the cooked bacon.

  4. Add the cooked beans, chopped bacon, and the chopped jalapeños:

    to the pan and stir to mix. Sprinkle with salt.

    Serve with chopped fresh cilantro, and steak and salsa.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
206 Calories
5g Fat
33g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 206
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 594mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 612mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.