Steak and Pinto Beans

Steak and Pinto Beans

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There's nothing fancy about Steak and Pinto Beans. It's quick and simple, yet makes a satisfying meal for my Meat-and-Potato-Loving husband. Great for weeknight dinners. Click to Tweet

I’ve been making Steak and Pinto Beans since my husband and I first married. It’s one of our family favorites. There’s really nothing fancy about this dish. It’s quick and simple, yet makes a satisfying meal for my Meat-and-Potato-Loving husband.

Oddly enough, our daughters and I probably enjoy this recipe even more than him. We crave it on a regular basis. It’s so easy to make. Perfect for a weeknight dinner when you want something quick and filling.

Ingredients for Steak and Pinto Beans

  • round steak
  • vegetable oil
  • butter
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • pinto beans
  • minced onion
  • dried parsley

Tips on Making this Dish

Let’s begin with the steak.

This recipe requires two pounds of round steak, one of the less expensive types of meat to purchase. Thinly slice it across the grain for ultimate tenderness. Season it with salt and pepper and then sear it in a hot skillet with oil and butter to brown on both sides. Then pour on the Pinto Beans.

Pinto Beans are for Cowboys

You could try other types of beans. Red Kidney. Black. Even Cannellini or Navy. But we like Pinto beans the best for this dish. You might even call this a Cowboy Dinner.

When you add the beans to the steak, be sure to include the juice. That’s what makes this dish so yummy! Bring the beans to a boil.

Add in some minced onion and dried parsley for a little extra seasoning and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the bean juice thickens. Be sure to allow time for the water to cook out of the sauce to make a nice thick gravy. That’s when you know it’s done. Add more salt and pepper as desired. This recipe will serve 4.

Serve Steak and Pinto Beans with Mashed Potatoes or Country Fried Potatoes.  See more Beef Recipes Here.

Country Chuckwagon Dinner - Recipe for Steak and Pinto Beans

Steak and Pinto Beans

Here's an old favorite to serve your family when you want a satisfying yet quick meal. Serve with Country Fried Potatoes. 
4 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cast Iron Cooking, Cowboy Food, Pinto Beans, Round Steak
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


Cutting Board
Knife Set
Cast Iron Skillet


  • 2 pounds round steak thinly sliced across the grain
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 27 oz pinto beans
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion


  • Heat oil and butter in a large skillet. Sear steak and sprinkle with salt and pepper until pieces are lightly browned.
  • Add pinto beans (with juice) and bring beans to a boil. Add minced onion and parsley. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until juice thickens. Serves 4


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