Easy Fiesta Beans

Easy Fiesta Beans

6 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2007

An easy, tasty way to jazz up canned refried and pinto beans for the perfect side to accompany any Tex-Mex meal. Opt for fat-free refried beans and no-salt-added pinto beans to keep this dish as healthy as possible.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 16-ounce can nonfat refried beans, preferably spicy
  • 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup prepared salsa
  • ⅔ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 scallions, sliced


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  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  2. Combine refried beans, pinto beans, salsa and ⅓ cup cheese in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture is hot and the cheese is melted, 6 to 8 minutes. Spoon the bean mixture into a 2-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining ⅓ cup cheese and scallions. Broil until the cheese is lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: generous ½ cup
  • Per serving: 169 calories; 4 g fat(2 g sat); 7 g fiber; 21 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 13 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 233 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 147 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 519 mg sodium; 64 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1 lean meat

Reviews 6

April 12, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
I love this bean mix it can be served with flour or whole grain tortillas. You can also spread ground beef with taco seasoning on top of the mix if you have meat lovers.
April 29, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
A recipe for this? Like, seriously? Someone needs a recipe for this? Of course it's good, but really--a recipe is necessary? Wouldn't this just make common sense, to put cheese and salsa in with pinto beans, half of which are simply mashed up? People wouldn't just normally fix them like this?
December 16, 2010
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By: rayraymiester
Fantastic! This was an amazing and fast side dish with a lot of flavor. I added some chipotle chili powder to it as well for the smokey flavor. I served this with the Lime-Jalapeno Chicken as tacos. So very good!
November 10, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This was soooo good. I made this as a side dish and it was fantastic (better than the meal). It is super easy to make and completely delicious. Highly recommend!
October 21, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Fantastic side dish! Very easy, but much tastier than simply heating a can of refried beans. I will definitely make this again!
September 04, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Loved this! Lots of flavor! This will be a mainstay at my house.
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