You can’t have a traditional Tex-Mex dish without pinto beans. It is a combination of American Southwestern and Mexican cuisine that almost always include shredded cheese, meat, beans and spices. Traditional Tex-Mex dishes include chili con carne, chimichangas and fajitas, but who wants to make traditional dishes when you can create new classics with a twist? We found some great Tex-Mex recipes that incorporate pinto beans and will blow your socks off!

Bean and Beef Taquitos with Avocado Sauce

Taquitos are a wonderful option to try if you’re new to Tex-Mex cuisine. This recipe is super easy to follow. It combines mashed pinto beans with lean ground beef and onions. Jalapeno chilies, garlic and chili powder are added to create a flavor that really packs a punch. The avocado sauce is even tastier, adding a cool and refreshing contrast to the dish. Serve your taquitos deep fried or baked, whichever you prefer. Either way, they are going to be delicious.

Bacon Refried Beans

Refried beans have all the tradition of a Tex-Mex dish, but get a modern twist from bacon. It’s the perfect side dish that will kick your next meal up a notch. This recipe only takes 40 minutes to prepare, but will take a heck of a lot less time to eat. Make sure you pick up your favorite brand of bacon, it will be heavily featured in this dish. Top off the final product with some shredded cheese, cilantro and crumbled bacon. The crispy bacon will give a nice crunch when mixed with the pureed pinto beans. Also, a touch of sour creme never hurt anybody.

Texas Pinto Bean Chowder

Pinto beans and chowder aren’t usually mentioned in the same recipe. But sometimes the most unlikely combinations are the best. This recipe is full of flavor, spice and everything nice. Pinto beans are even the base of the soup. To make the base you simply have to puree the beans with chicken stock. Blackened corn, bacon and other vegetables are combined with jalapenos (seeded or not seeded depending on your taste) and the pureed pinto beans to create a healthy soup the whole family will love.

Are you a fan of Tex-Mex cuisine? Which dish will you be making?

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