Fiesta Caliente Bean Salad

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"I have been in search of a bean salad that was offered in a supermarket salad bar adjacent to my old work place that I used to frequent. I tried many a recipe as well as trying other bean salads at other supermarkets and none compared. So I decided to wing it on my own and indeed I was able to duplicate a clone-like brother of my fondest bean salad. This salad not only is a great accompaniment to a lettuce salad by it also makes a great side dish for meats and fish, not to mention a tasty scooping condiment for tortilla chips. I hope you and yours love it as much as we do!"

Original is 9 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (425.3 g)
  • Calories 777.4
  • Total Fat - 21.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 923.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 124.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 30.2 g
  • Sugars - 17.8 g
  • Protein - 30.2 g
  • Calcium - 223.3 mg
  • Iron - 10.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 81.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a medium bowl, add the first 7 ingredients. Combine and set aside.

Step 2

Heat a skillet over medium high heat, once the skillet it is hot add the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. To the skillet add chopped red onions,red and green bell peppers; cook until translucent. Add garlic and stir to distribute, being careful not to burn garlic.

Step 3

Add cumin, black pepper, hot sauce, chili powder, barbecue seasoning, and stir over the heat to release the flavors being careful not to burn. Add water and stir until some of the water evaporates.

Step 4

Add all the beans and corn. Mix thoroughly and heat through.

Step 5

Add the the reserved olive oil / vinegar mixture. Stir to combine and cook for about 3-5 minutes until heated through. (This salad is meant to have some liquid, but if there is too much liquid cook a little extra to evaporate).

Step 6

Add lime juice and stir in chopped cilantro to combine. Serve.


No special items needed.

5 Reviews

Mia in Germany

Wow! This is the best bean salad I've had so far. I use to make warm green bean and potato salad but never made a warm one with bean kernels and corn. This will be my go-to salad now! I love that the onions are not raw because my stomach doesn't do raw onions. Absolutely perfect!! Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(23 Jul 2021)


Wow, wow, wow. What a great warm bean salad this is. So much flavor, who knew, warm bean salad would be so good? I didn't, but I do now. It truly is wonderful, sweet tangy, spicy, hot and delicious. We really enjoyed this recipe and will be enjoying it often. I used the corn option and used 1 cup of cilantro. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe, it rocks. Kudos on making it into my Favorites Cookbook for 2016. Made FYC Tag game.


review by:
(12 Apr 2016)


We had a cookout this past weekend with all the kids and I made this to try. It was excellent and we loved it! I didn't know what barbecue seasoning was so I just added in a tad of brown sugar, cayenne pepper, dry mustard, garlic powder, onion powder and lemon pepper. It was extra tasty and will see repeats throughout the summer!


review by:
(1 Jul 2015)


This tasty been salad is one that will see many repeats here. I used canned mixed beans and was short on fresh cilantro so added a bit of dried cilantro which worked great. This is even better the next day!


review by:
(14 Apr 2015)

dienia b

holy moly very good loved this , it would be great at pot lucks


review by:
(13 Mar 2015)

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