Chipotle Pinto Bean Salsa

A Delicous Makeover For a Familiar Bean

Chipotle pinto bean salsa.

Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat…

No need to continue, you’ve heard the rest.


Eat More Beans To Reduce Unpleasant Side Effects

While eating beans can cause certain digestive challenges, the irony is this:  The more you eat beans, the less likely you are to experience bean-induced side effects.

Beans are naturally high in fiber, a primary source for plant protein, and other health benefits galore.

Food writer and former New York Times columnist, Mark Bittman, suggests that, “every household should cook a pot of beans and grains to have on hand for quick healthy meals.”

I couldn’t agree more.

I have a shelf of dry beans in my pantry that I rotate through.  My tastebuds don’t get bored and I’m challenged to see how many different ways I can incorporate beans into my weeknight cooking repertoire.


The Pinto Bean Is The Silent Superstar Of The Bean World

Consider the pinto bean.  It’s the silent superstar of the bean world.

It doesn’t have the mystique attributed to a black bean or even a garbanzo bean, but accounts for 42% of all dry edible bean production in the United States.

Pinto means painted in Spanish which perfectly describes the dry bean’s mottled beige and brown skin.  When cooked this coloring transforms to an earthy brown.

Familiar dishes where pinto beans are featured are refried beans, bean dip, soups, and chilis.


Chipotle Pinto Bean Salsa Has A Smoky Kick For Your Tastebuds

Give this familiar bean a makeover with my Pinto Bean Salsa.  It’s a fun take on a chunky salsa and includes chipotles for a smoky flavor and kick for your tastebuds.

This salsa also makes a beautiful bean salad as a side to tacos or a grilled chicken breast.

If you don’t have time to cook a pot of beans, buy them canned.  They are just as delicious and there’s very little nutritional loss.

This recipe is sure to change your tune, and you’ll be singing the praises of this magical fruit.

Enjoy it as a side to tacos.

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Chipolte Pinto Bean Salsa

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A tasty and fun way to incorporate more legumes into your diet! And a delicous makeove for a familiar bean. Use canned pinto beans or try you hand at cooking them. Pinto beans that been soaked overnight only require 2 minutes of cooking time in a pressure cooker.


  • 1 16-oz can pinto beans
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 1/4 cup white onion, minced
  • 2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
  • kosher salt


  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Place in a serving dish.
  2. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.


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