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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2007


Recipe Summary

15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

  • Combine refried beans, pinto beans, salsa and 1/3 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 1/3 cup cheese and scallions. Broil until the cheese is lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

169 calories; protein 9.6g; carbohydrates 21.5g; dietary fiber 6.6g; sugars 1.5g; fat 4.5g; saturated fat 2.2g; cholesterol 13.3mg; vitamin a iu 233IU; vitamin c 3.5mg; folate 6.4mcg; calcium 147.1mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 19.8mg; potassium 64.3mg; sodium 518.5mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Fantastic side dish! Very easy but much tastier than simply heating a can of refried beans. I will definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Loved this! Lots of flavor! This will be a mainstay at my house. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More