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Monday, May 4, 2020

Mock Chipotle Pinto Beans Recipe

A tasty way to cook beans that taste just like the ones at popular Mexican restaurants

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 I bet most people have a package or two of dried beans in their emergency food supply. Maybe you bought the beans that are dried with good intentions to cook them for a meatless protein substitute or a meatless Monday recipe. Maybe you panicked shopped at the beginning of the C lung virus outbreak and bought a big bag of dried beans. Whatever the reason you bought the dried beans does not matter. What matters to most who have these uncooked beans in their pantry is how to cook them so they taste good.

Prices of meat are going up

 The prices of meat are rising and finding meat in the store is hard, so now is the time to learn how to cook your C lung virus prepper beans. Cooking dried beans is not that tough but it can be time-consuming if you don't use the right cooking appliances. Once you learn how to cook dried beans with this delicious bean recipe, you will include this plant-based protein source in your meals more often. Beans are a wonderful source of protein that is vegetarian. Beans are vegan and high in protein along with other nutrients. When beans are combined with grains, they are a complete source of protein. Rice is a grain that most people combine with beans but there are many other wonderful grains like tortillas~ think tacos! So adding dried beans to your meals is a frugal replacement for meat like chicken and ground beef. You can even add beans to recipes with meat so you can consume less meat and save money. My college son loves adding beans to ground turkey for a delicious chili. The recipe at the end of this article for Mock Chipotle Pinto Beans is great to add to a chili recipe or to use for a taco recipe. Head over HERE for a delicious veggie burger recipe that uses beans and rice

  How to cook dried beans

 Most people who hoarded the beans probably had no clue how to cook beans and were shocked at the time it took to cook beans. Once they learned that they had to soak the beans over-night and then cook the beans for 2-hours, I bet they stopped cooking beans. Beans can be a pain to cook but once you learn some bean tips, you might cook beans more often. The best way to cook beans is in a pressure cooker as you can cook beans in about 40 minutes. Cooking beans in a pressure cooker is easy as you just rinse the beans, cover them with water, start the pressure cooker, and walk away.

 Another way to cook beans is in a slow cooker. This bean cooking method takes 6 hours but it too allows you the freedom of not having to watch a pot. The basic bean cooking method used by most is the stovetop bean cooking method but this can take 2 hours or more. You also have to watch your cooking pot so it does not over-boil, so no walking away from the kitchen. My preferred bean cooking method is using the pressure cooker to cook the beans.


You can freeze beans

So now that you know that dried beans take a while to cook, you need to think ahead when meal planning your meals. When I cook beans, I always make a double batch of beans. I then store the extra cooked beans in my fridge or freezer for other meals. Beans freeze quite well. My bean advice is to freeze the beans in recipe size portions, like 2 cups, so you can use them in bean recipes like pressure cooker BBQ baked beans or white bean chili. You can even use the beans to make healthy Gluten-Free Chocolate Mocha Protein Brownies or vegan tuna salad. Once you discover that beans are a frugal source of protein and many bean recipes like this veggie burger recipe, you may just be stocking your freezer with cooked dried beans.

Dried beans are:
Super flavorful
Loaded with healthy ingredients
& Seriously tasty

Cooking beans three ways

  The Mock Chipotle Pinto Beans Recipe is so easy to make and you can make the bean recipe in three different ways. The easiest way to make the mock chipotle bean recipe is in a pressure cooker or instant pot. This bean cooking method cook time is less than an hour. You can also make this plant-based recipe on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. The slow cooker for beans recipe requires way more time but it a great way to start dinner in the morning and forget about it. A slow cooker meal is a great way to start dinner in the morning and have dinner ready when you come home after a long day at work. Cooking beans on the stovetop is easy but you have to watch the pot so it does not boil over. So if you don't have a pressure cooker or a slower cooker, I highly recommend buying one. See my Amazon links above.

The flavor is in the spices

 This bean recipe is a favorite family recipe and it is so easy to make. The secret to the flavor of the beans is in some unique spices that you may have in your pantry. The spices that add the special flavor to the pinto beans are cumin and chipotle powder. These spices are used in many Mexican recipes and add that kick of heat. The below recipe calls for chipotle peppers but I like to use chipotle powder as I always have that available. Chipotle peppers may be hard to find in stores right now so the chipotle powder adds the same flavor.

Beans are a great protein source

 My college kid has been home since March and that boy can eat. So I made the Mock Chipotle Pinto Beans Recipe for dinner one night and he loved it. My college kid is on a high-protein diet for sports and has been making this pinto bean recipe a lot since it is hard to find meat in the stores. My son will add these beans to recipes like chili, enchiladas, and tacos. I have seen my son eat the bean recipe straight from the pot.

Dried beans to cooked beans

  A rule of thumb for dried beans is 1 cup dried beans equal 3 cups cooked beans. So a pound of dried beans equals 6 cups of cooked beans. A can of beans equals about 2 cups of beans. So this recipe serves 6.

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Mock Chipotle Pinto Beans Recipe

Mock Chipotle Pinto Beans Recipe

Yield: 6
Cooked pinto beans that are similar to ones at restaurants.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 16 ounces dried pinto beans rinsed and sorted
  • 2 chipotle peppers or 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups water (enough to cover beans)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add beans, chipotle peppers, garlic, cumin, oregano, and bay leaf. Add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  3. Remove from heat. Remove chipotle chilies if desired and bay leaf.  Add salt and pepper.


To make the beans in a pressure cooker: Saute the onion and oil on browning setting for 5 minutes. Then add all the ingredients except salt and pepper. Cook for 60 minutes on the bean setting and let the steam naturally release. Then add salt and pepper. To make the beans in a slow cooker: Saute the onion and oil on the stovetop and then add the cooked onion and all the other ingredients except salt and pepper to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 12 hours.
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AiringMyLaundry said...

Yes please, this looks so good! I love beans! And I like my food with a bit of a kick to it.

Lisa said...

This is the first mock pinto bean recipe I’ve come across. It’s a great idea for meat free dinners and also something to do with leftover beans.

Julia Hess said...

What a great side dish for May 5th. We love doing beans as a meal, we might have to test these out.

Brianne said...

Those look so good. They're perfect for Cinco de Mayo, too. You can't beat beans that are prepared really well.

Jaredamy said...

I love Chipotle pinto beans. In fact, I get double the serving when I go.

Marie at Complete Literature said...

I love the pinto beans at Chipotle. Actually right now I would love to have a bowl from there. Maybe sometime this week we will venture out to get some.

Lisa Joy Thompson said...

I totally need to make these! We love the pinto beans at Chipotle! We've been doing a ton of bean burritos at our house lately. I'll have to add these to our burritos!

Adrienne said...

Beans are a great staple as they are so nutritious and easy on the wallet. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks delicious.

Littlemisadvencha said...

i havent tried this one yet, but i saw it's beside a bowl of rice? i guess it's really delicious... <3 i wanna try it...

monica said...

I cooked dried black beans once. It was quite the process! I wish my kids liked beans. Such an inexpensive and great source of protein.

Sidehustlerich said...

Never been a huge fan of beans, but those sure look good!

Will try the recipe with the family one day! Thanks for that.

Sherry said...

I'll have to save this recipe until the next time we make chili. Hubby usually uses canned beans but these look so much better.

Gust si Aroma said...

My whole family loves beans and I am sure they will love this beans dish!

Toni said...

This is awesome! Such a great source of protein!!

Agnes Dela Cruz said...

Thank you for the recipe. I now have an added dish for beans.

Lyanna Soria said...

My mom likes beans and I don't think we've tried this before. That looks quite tasty as well.

Why Girls Are Weird said...

My husband loves beans and rice and this looks like a great option for him. I'll have to try this out and see how it goes, thanks!

JNoteMusic said...

I usually cook them as a bean sauce. You boil it, take half of what’s in the pot and blend it and then let it thicken on the fire to eat over rice. That’s a staple in our family.

Jhangi said...

YUm....! it looks so delicious... have never ever made but now gonna try....Thanks for sharing........ (World in Eyes)

Waren Jean Go said...

Great recipe! I love chipotle flavor so this is something I want to do since lately I've been consuming a lot of meat products.

rachel said...

I've always been so afraid to make beans this way but I'll have to try!

COM said...

I must try this. I am not a big fan of beans but still

Tammy said...

I’ve always loved beans. They are a filler meal for sure.

Beth said...

Oh, yum. Those look really good. I love beans, especially pintos. I'll definitely be giving this recipe a try.

Kathy said...

I love cooking up dried beans. They are usually a lot healthier for you as well. These look really good too.

Sandy N Vyjay said...

Beans are really healthy and when cooked well also absorb the flavours of spices. we soak them overnight and pressure cook them for the best results.

Elizabeth Neas said...

This sounds like a great recipe. We have always been a family who enjoys a good pot of beans. This recipe could be "that" recipe. Thank you for sharing! We plan on trying it.

alita said...

I always order this every time we go to mexican restaurants. Now I can make it at home. Thanks fro sharing your recipe!

Melanie Edjourian said...

That recipe sounds great. I don't cook with beans often enough.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy said...

We love a trip to Chipotle. I'd love to try this pinto beans recipe!

Gust si Aroma said...

I've made these chipotle beans. They are so flavorful and tasty. Everyone loved it!

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