Molasses and chipotle pepper in adobo sauce add zest to this simple pinto bean salad.

Lee Ann Cox
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 1997


Recipe Summary

1 hr 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place tomatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and place in a blender with garlic, molasses, vinegar, oil, mustard and chipotle, if using. Puree until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides once or twice. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Combine beans, bell pepper and onion in a large bowl. Toss with dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

Nutrition Facts

240 calories; protein 8g; carbohydrates 47.5g; dietary fiber 7.9g; sugars 23.5g; fat 2.7g; saturated fat 0.5g; vitamin a iu 254.3IU; vitamin c 19.2mg; folate 39.5mcg; calcium 143mg; iron 4.2mg; magnesium 115.7mg; potassium 850.3mg; sodium 444.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
Doubled Recipe and Took to Potluck Prepared according to recipe except I added more chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and corn fresh off the cob. Everyone really enjoyed salad. Pros: Ingredients healthy and inexpensize Cons: no leftovers Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe rocks! I made it for a pot luck at work and it's been a requested item ever since. The chipotle allows you to control the heat (we like it spicy) to your tastes. It's simple to prepare and the ingredients are all readily available at your supermarket. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
What about pinto beans not packed with added salt? I find it healhier and just as tasty. Echorider Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I really enjoyed this recipe. It gets better as it ages because the flavors in the dressing really develop with time. The molasses was a little strong but I adjusted the taste by adding a little more olive oil and 2tbsp of white vinegar to get a more tangy and less overly sweet flavor. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was delicious. My husband also like this. Had a nice spice to it. Looking forward to making again. Read More