Total Time
8hrs 2mins
Prep 2 mins
Cook 8 hrs

REAL frijoles......beans.......frijoles en olla, or pot beans. No self respecting Hispanic, Mexican, or Indian home out here is without a pot of beans....all the time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. The night before, put the beans in the pot you will use, and fill the pot to the top with water.
  2. In the morning, drain the water.
  3. Add fresh water, to a height of 4# over the beans.
  4. Add the pork, onion, garlic, and seasonings.
  5. Simmer on low on the stove all day, or in a crockpot.
  6. You may need to add water.
  7. The beans are done when they are soft if you smoosh one between you finger and thumb.
  8. It won't hurt them to cook longer, because even if they get mooshy they have their uses!
  9. If you should burn the beans, immediately drain them and switch to a new pot with new water.
  10. Add one raw potato, cut in half, to the beans.
  11. When the beans are done toss the potato, because the burnt taste will be in it.
Most Helpful

never had any luck with beans and this recipe is awesome. finally feel like I can accomplish something the way my grandmother did things. thanks

nv0311 December 28, 2007

YES! FINALLY! I have tried so many frijoles recipes and they always weren't exactly what I was looking for. This one is IT! Thank you..this is my bean recipe from now on. BTW...I used salt pork and refried them in butter...well...margarine actually. Thanks!!

az sandradee May 24, 2007

I made this last night and served it with homemade tortillas and mexican rice. I've never been successful cooking with dried beans before, but these were great. I substituted oregano for the cumin and used a chuck of ham for the meat. A definte keeper.

fishanyone May 29, 2006