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Southern Pinto Beans and Sausage

Southern Pinto Beans and Sausage is a five ingredient dinner that is served up in 20 minutes.  This deep South recipe is hearty with the perfect amount of spice. Serve it up with cornbread for the perfect combination.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Canned Pinto beans and Sausage, Creole Pinto Beans and Sausage, pinto beans and sausage, Southern Pinto Beans and Sausage
Servings: 6
Calories: 308kcal
Author: Barbara


  • 1 pound ground pork sausage (breakfast, hot or mild)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 15 ounces canned pinto beans, undrained
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce


  • In a large skillet, fry up sausage breaking it up in small chunks as it cooks.
  • If needed, drain off excess oil off sausage, leaving 2 tablespoons in the pan with sausage.
  • Add chopped onions and peppers, and sauté until soft and tender.
  • Pour in undrained pinto beans and tomato sauce; simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve with cornbread if desired.


  • This original recipe calls for spicy sausage but you could use a mild version if you family prefers. The original recipe calls specifically for Neese hot sausage.
  • Green pepper could be swapped out for red, orange or yellow in this southern pinto beans and sausage recipe.
  • Do not drain the canned pinto beans.
  • This creole pinto beans and sausage calls for an 8 ounce can of tomato sauce, but if you have a large can instead, the recipe will turn out fine. Go ahead and pour it all in the pan.
  • Serve up southern pinto beans and sausage with your favorite cornbread recipe (here's ours) or Midwestern style with bread and butter. 
  • Creole pintos would be tasty served over plain white rice. 
  • Looking for some more sausage recipes? Try our Tuscan White Bean Soup, Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole, Sausage Queso, and Broccoli Cheese Soup with Sausage.  


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 870mg | Potassium: 570mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg