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cooked beans in red sauce in a bowl with cornbread muffins and jaalpeno, cornbread, lime toppings

Beans and Cornbread

Julia | The Yummy Bowl
Beans and Cornbread is very simple yet with so many flavors dinner bowl. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. Serve with Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins or regular Cornbread along with another garnish or meat and of course, plenty of toppings!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 large servings


  • 4 cups canned pinto beans or a variety of beans mix, drained
  • 5 slices bacon medium diced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large yellow/brown onion diced
  • 2 cups chicken broth or bouillon cube low sodium
  • 1 small lime freshly squeezed juice
  • 2-3 oz tomato paste
  • 5 oz Taco sauce
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Jalapeno cornbread muffins for serving


  • Prepare the jalapeno cornbread muffins according to this recipe.
  • While they are close to end of baking time, take a large pot, and cook bacon over medium heat until crispy.
  • Add onion and spices. Cook until onion has softened.
  • Throw in the canned beans, pour in the chicken broth, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and taco sauce. Stir to coat and simmer for 10 minutes on medium-low heat or until the mixture has thickened. Add warm water the bean stew looks too thick for you. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Remove from heat and drizzle with lime juice. Stir to combine and serve with jalapeno cornbread muffins, sour cream, cilantro leaves and more jalapeno if needed.



  • Beans - canned are preferred as they are quicker and easier to make. No hassle with rinsing, cooking, and so on. You can use only 1 type of beans but for more flavor and texture I recommend using 4 different cans of beans: pinto beans, white beans, kidney beans, black beans.
  • Jalapeno cornbread muffins - use my gluten-free cornbread muffin recipe or cornbread in a pan recipe over here. The amount of sweetness/honey in those recipes can be easily reduced if you wish.
  • What goes well with beans and cornbread? The meal is nothing but a bean stew served with cornbread muffins and is great to be enjoyed on its own. In my recipe, there is bacon already added so you could either increase the amount or serve the beans with other pork dishes instead. Add some collard greens and cabbage for a little crunch too.


Keyword bean stew, beans and cornbread, cornbread muffins, gluten free cornbread, pinto beans and cornbread
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