Today we’re going to show you how to make a quick side of tex mex pinto beans. It’s really simple to spice up a plain ol can of beans into something delicious. Let’s make it.

Look for the low sodium versions of canned beans. We can always add salt but it's really hard to take it out.



How much are we making?
Pinto Beans
1 Can
Small onion
1 Clove
1/2 Teaspoon
1/4 Teaspoon
Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon
Lime (optional)
Cilantro (optional)
a Pinch


  1. Prep
    1. Finely chop up onion and serrano. Onion sits chopped on cutting board next to a bunch of cilantro, while serrano pepper gets sliced Chef's knife slicing up serrano pepper on cutting board. Chopped onion and a bunch of cilantro can be seen in the foreground.
    2. Peel garlic. Using side of chef's knife and bottom of hand to pound down garlic and release it from its wrapper
    3. Open can of pinto beans. Using can opener to open can of pinto beans
  2. Cook Beans Using squirt bottle to add vegetable oil to non-stick skillet, coating bottom
    1. Add oil to small non stick saute pan or sauce pan. Heat over medium heat for a few minutes, until hot. Chopped onion and sliced serrano pepper is added to oiled non-stick skillet
    2. Add onions and serrano to pan. Onion has sauted until translucent
    3. When the onions are translucent, add cumin and oregano. Cumin and oregano are added to skillet with onions and serrano peppers
    4. Add pressed garlic and saute for another minute. Garlic press is used to add minced garlic to skillet with chopped onion and sliced serrano peppers. A large spoon is used to spread garlic evenly.
    5. Add the can of beans, juice and all to the pan. Can of pinto beans is added to skillet with onions and serrano peppers
    6. Cook beans for another 5 minutes or, stirring to ensure there is no sticking. Simmered pinto bean, onion, and serrano pepper mixture is brought to a boil
  3. Garnishing
    1. Take off the heat, and add cilantro and lime if desired.. Then enjoy! Skillet is removed from heat and cilantro and lime juice is stirred in with large spoon. Looks ready to eat!