Pinto Bean Soup With Bacon

As the weather changes and gets colder, who doesn’t want a scrumptious and warm Pinto Bean Soup with Bacon? Listed below in detail, is a step-by-step recipe on how to make Pinto Bean Soup with Bacon. If you are a beginner and a lover of soups, this is a great recipe for you! The best thing about this recipe is that it uses a crockpot!

Once you have completed all the steps, you will be left with a savory soup primarily made with Pinto beans and crispy bacon bits.

What Is Mexican Pinto Bean Soup?

Pinto Bean soup is a delicious treat often eaten during the holidays or other festivities with family. Although this is true, you can eat Pinto bean and bacon soup anytime! The ingredients added are simple, and yet when blended together, they are delicious! It is a great recipe if you have leftover beans and don’t know what to make.

If you are looking for something with a kick, Mexican pinto bean soup has it for you! However, you can always make modifications if you want it smoother or spicier. That is the best thing about cooking, the versatility and the flexibility it brings.

Mexican pinto bean soup has been around for centuries. It is comfort food that uses ingredients native and easily grown in Mexico. For instance, Pinto beans grow wild in Mexico, and one plant can produce over 100 bean pods filled with fresh and delicious Pinto Beans. The beans only take about 90 days to grow from seed and are in abundance throughout the country.

What You Will Need To Make Pinto Bean Soup With Bacon

Ingredients

  • 8 Slices of Bacon, diced finely
  • 1 White Onion Sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Minced thinly
  • 2 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1 can of Diced Green Chilis
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 28 oz of Pinto Beans pre-cooked
  • 1 tbsp. of Sazon
  • 2 tbsp. of Salt
  • 1 tbsp. of Ground Cumin
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1tsp on Olive Oil

Equipment

  • Cutting Board
  • Crockpot
  • Knife
  • 1 Large pan
  • Measuring Cups

Step By Step Instructions On How To Make A Pinto Bean Soup Recipe

Step 1: Cut the Bacon Into Pieces and Fry it

Before we can start cooking the soup in the crockpot, you should cut your bacon strips into thin cubes. Although I personally prefer my bacon bits small, you can cut them to whatever size you would like. Fry them in olive oil until they are brown and crispy.

Set them aside to cool down as you start the next step.

Step 2: Sauté the Vegetables and Place them into the Crockpot

There is nothing wrong with adding the vegetables raw in your crockpot, however, the flavor is better when the vegetables are sautéed. Brown the onions, garlic, and jalapenos in the same pan you used to fry and crisp the bacon bits. Once done, place them immediately into the crockpot.

Step 3: Add all the ingredients to the Crockpot

The third step is the easiest! Take the rest of the ingredients, and pour them into the crockpot. The order does not matter, especially since the beans and the bacon are already cooked. However, I do recommend pouring out the water in the cans of beans. The flavor should come from the beans, the vegetables, and the seasonings you add.

Rinse the beans, and pour them in. Although everything will cook together and at the same time, you should still stir the soup mixture so that the seasonings and ingredients blend well.

Step 4: Set the Crockpot and Cook for 8-9 Hours

Be warned, this crockpot recipe takes time, but it is so worth it! The crockpot should be set to a low temperature. Cover it and add a timer for 8-9 hours. Check every two to three hours and serve once completed. The smell should sweep through your home, tempting you to try the deliciously red soup!

Step 5: Serve with Garnishes (optional)

This pinto bean soup crockpot meal can be served alone or with garnishes and extra toppings. While it’s delicious separate, adding things like chopped fresh cilantro, Queso fresco, and shredded Mexican cheese elevates the savory flavor. You can also try this recipe with warm corn tortillas to soup the Mexican pinto bean soup.

 pinto bean soup recipe

Tips And Tricks On Making Mexican Pinto Bean Soup

Crockpots can be messy! Since they sit and cook slowly for hours, you may notice some staining. Since this recipe calls for seasonings that can dye your fingers and other objects red, I recommend using a crockpot liner. One of my favorite tips is to use a plastic liner as you cook. The cleanup is easy, you just take it out and throw it away!

If you are looking for quick meals you can make as you are working or running errands, you can prepare this meal and deep freeze it! The steps listed above should be followed, but instead of cooking the soup in the crockpot, you can pour the ingredients into a gallon-sized bag and freeze it.

When you are ready, just defrost it using your slow cooker or a hot pot on high heat. Another tip I have for you is to be creative! This dish may have specific ingredients, but you are allowed to play with the ingredients and seasonings. If you want a spicier flavor, you can add more chilis or your favorite hot sauce as a base. All in all, you should enjoy your Mexican Pinto bean soup experience!

Servings and Preparation Time

Cook Time

Preparation Time

Serving Size

8-9 Hours

10 Minutes

12

 pinto bean soup crock pot

What do you think of this recipe, do you like it? If you have learned anything while reading this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment and share it! Cooking authentic Mexican food is worth the labor, research, and time waiting. The best part of this Mexican Pinto Bean soup recipe is that it is easy to make and cooks for hours.

This means, that the beans and peppers soak up all the flavors of the liquid. If you know someone who may be interested in learning how to make Mexican Pinto bean soup with bacon, feel free to share this recipe with them and any tricks you know!

Pinto Bean Soup With Bacon

Just Mexican Food
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 9 hrs
Total Time 9 hrs 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12

Equipment

  • Cutting board
  • Crockpot
  • Knife
  • 1 Large pan
  • Measuring Cups

Ingredients
  

  • 8 Slices of Bacon diced finely
  • 1 White Onion Sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Minced thinly
  • 2 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1 can of Diced Green Chilis
  • 2 Tomatoes diced
  • 28 oz of Pinto Beans pre-cooked
  • 1 tbsp. of Sazon
  • 2 tbsp. of Salt
  • 1 tbsp. of Ground Cumin
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp on Olive Oil

Instructions
 

  • Before we can start cooking the soup in the crockpot, you should cut your bacon strips into thin cubes. Although I personally prefer my bacon bits small, you can cut them to whatever size you would like. Fry them in olive oil until they are brown and crispy.
  • Set them aside to cool down as you start the next step.
  • There is nothing wrong with adding the vegetables raw in your crockpot, however, the flavor is better when the vegetables are sautéed. Brown the onions, garlic, and jalapenos in the same pan you used to fry and crisp the bacon bits. Once done, place them immediately into the crockpot.
  • The third step is the easiest! Take the rest of the ingredients, and pour them into the crockpot. The order does not matter, especially since the beans and the bacon are already cooked. However, I do recommend pouring out the water in the cans of beans. The flavor should come from the beans, the vegetables, and the seasonings you add.
  • Rinse the beans, and pour them in. Although everything will cook together and at the same time, you should still stir the soup mixture so that the seasonings and ingredients blend well.
  • Be warned, this crockpot recipe takes time, but it is so worth it! The crockpot should be set to a low temperature. Cover it and add a timer for 8-9 hours. Check every two to three hours and serve once completed. The smell should sweep through your home, tempting you to try the deliciously red soup!
  • This pinto bean soup crockpot meal can be served alone or with garnishes and extra toppings. While it's delicious separate, adding things like chopped fresh cilantro, Queso fresco, and shredded Mexican cheese elevates the savory flavor. You can also try this recipe with warm corn tortillas to soup the Mexican pinto bean soup.

Notes

Tips And Tricks On Making Mexican Pinto Bean Soup

Crockpots can be messy! Since they sit and cook slowly for hours, you may notice some staining. Since this recipe calls for seasonings that can dye your fingers and other objects red, I recommend using a crockpot liner. One of my favorite tips is to use a plastic liner as you cook. The cleanup is easy, you just take it out and throw it away!
If you are looking for quick meals you can make as you are working or running errands, you can prepare this meal and deep freeze it! The steps listed above should be followed, but instead of cooking the soup in the crockpot, you can pour the ingredients into a gallon-sized bag and freeze it.
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