Bacon and chipotle chiles permeate the beans with smoky flavor. Reserve some of the water the beans cook in for this dish; if you've discarded that liquid, use water or chicken broth instead. Start with one-half cup of the cooking liquid--if the beans are too thick, add additional liquid one-fourth cup at a time.
3 applewood-smoked bacon slices, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cups cooked pinto beans
1/2 to 3/4 cup bean cooking liquid
1 to 2 teaspoons minced chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
How to Make It
Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Add onion to pan; cook 7 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Add pinto beans and remaining ingredients; mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. Cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.