Pinto Beans Mexican Style is one of my favorite dishes to make for large gatherings.
The addition of crispy bacon, caramelized onions and fresh cilantro right before serving is what makes these beans stand out.
They were a hit at our Cinco de Mayo party last Saturday!
This is a recipe that was shared with me by my friend, Maria, several years ago. I've been making them for all our Mexican food gatherings ever since.
I've found that the beans freeze well. If you have leftovers, put serving-size portions into ziplocks, squeeze all the extra air out and freeze them flat so that they are easy to defrost.
What I like about these beans is how versatile they are. You can serve them as-is or you can dress them up with toppings such as sour cream, cheese, salsa and olives. You can throw them in a flour tortilla and enjoy a nice bean burrito, or you can mix them with rice for a satisfying meal.
You can also spice them up while cooking by adding jalapenos. If you prefer a spicy, smokey flavor, you could toss in a couple chipotles in adobo sauce.
Tap into your creative side and put your spin on these Pinto Beans Mexican Style!