10 Creative Ways To Enjoy Your Extra Bag of Pinto Beans

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Do you have an extra bag of pinto beans laying around? This collection of recipes using pinto beans offers many ideas for healthy meals. From soups to stews and more, you can find an easy-to-make recipe that is healthy, filling, and nutritious. So go ahead and cook those beans. If you have any leftovers, you can always freeze them for future meals.

1. Southwest Chicken Crockpot

A white crock filled with Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken, sits on a wood surface next to a white towel.
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Southwest Chicken is a mouthwatering, wholesome meal of seasoned shredded chicken, black beans, pinto beans, corn, and tomatoes. This chicken dinner recipe cooks to perfection in your slow cooker.

2. Pork And Beans

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Love pork and beans? It’s definitely a comfort food type of meal, and this healthier version makes it even better. You can also make it with leftover pork, which helps reduce food waste.

3. Bean Chowder

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Nothing beats a bowl of bean chowder on a chilly evening. This is one of those recipes that makes a huge pot of soup that you can easily portion out and freeze for a cold winter evening with some crusty garlic bread.

4. Sweet Potato Vegetable Chili

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This sweet potato vegetable chili makes a quick and easy dinner. Make this with your favorite beans, such as pinto beans, for a deliciously satisfying meal any day of the week.

5. Mexican Wild Rice Salad

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This Mexican wild rice salad recipe makes a great side dish for any Mexican-inspired meal. It’s a great dish to use up any extra pinto beans.

6. Beef Chili

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This beef chili recipe is an all-time favorite dish that’s not only easy to make but also won’t break the budget. You can easily make this with your favorite beans, including pinto beans.

7. Instant Pot Texas Cowboy Stew

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This Instant Pot Texas Cowboy Stew is hearty and filling, and everyone will definitely want seconds. It is a satisfying, hearty meat-and-vegetable stew using pinto beans and any other beans on hand.

8. Ranch Style Beans

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Ranch-style beans are a great addition to barbecues, get-togethers, or even just a simple meal or snack at home. It uses pinto beans and other beans while showcasing the bold taste of authentic southwestern cooking made from scratch.

9. Cincinnati Chili

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This Cincinnati chili recipe is perfect for your next bowl of pasta or homemade burger. It’s a great recipe to use up leftover beans and meat sauce. Top it over pasta or hotdogs to level up your meal.

10. Turkey Chili

A side view of a light, mint green crock filled with 2 Bean Turkey Chili. The crock sits on a cutting board against a white background.
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Turkey chili is a healthier alternative to beef chili. It packs good-for-you ingredients, such as beans and lean turkey meat, to create a hearty and comforting dish for cold winter months.

Sick Of The Same Ol’ Chicken For Dinner? Here Are 101 New Ways To Make It!

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Having chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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