|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 26g||34%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||41%|
|Total Carbohydrate 81g||30%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||23%|
|Total Sugars 11g|
|Vitamin C 113mg||565%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Ground beef and pinto beans team up in this tasty dish. It's a quick and easy bean dish that will satisfy any hungry family, with or without the rice. Diced fresh vegetables make it an excellent solution for picky kids because the vegetables "hide" in the tasty beef and bean mixture. Mild chiles are included in the dish; add a minced jalapeño to the mixture if you like some heat in your pinto beans. In the South, cornbread is an essential bread to serve with beans, but crusty bread, tortillas, or biscuits are all good choices as well.
The dish is versatile as well. Feel free to lighten the dish a bit with ground turkey instead of beef. Or add an extra 1/2 pound of ground beef or ground sausage for meatier beans. The diced carrots add a bit of natural sweetness to the mixture; if you aren't a fan, omit them or replace them with 1/2 cup of sliced celery. The main seasoning for the dish is chili powder; if you prefer a different flavor profile, consider Cajun or Creole seasoning or a basic seasoned salt blend.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound 80 to 85 percent lean ground beef
1 cup diced onions
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red, orange, or yellow bell pepper
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (with liquid)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (4-ounce) can mild chopped green chiles (not drained)
2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon spicy chili powder blend
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder, or ancho, optional
1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice, or brown rice
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Heat olive oil in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat.
When oil is hot and shimmering, add ground beef, onion, and carrot to skillet. Break beef up with a spatula or wooden spoon.
Cook beef mixture until meat is no longer pink, stirring frequently. Drain off excess drippings.
Add bell pepper, tomatoes, tomato paste, chopped green chiles, pinto beans, and seasonings.
Bring mixture to a simmer; reduce heat, cover, and continue simmering over low heat for 20 to 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook 1 1/2 cups of rice following package directions. When rice is ready, fluff and keep warm.
Serve beans with rice and a tossed green salad along with cornbread wedges or cornbread muffins.
- When fats are drained and discarded, don't pour them down the sink. Fats can clog pipes and result in costly plumbing problems. Keep an empty jar nearby. When the jar is full, put the lid on it and dispose of the fats in the trash.