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    Frijoles (Mexican Style Pinto Beans)

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    1 hr 30 mins

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    1 hr 10 mins

    BecR's Note:

    Beans are a part of everday eating in the Southwest. Frijoles are served either soupy in broth or mashed and fried (frijoles refritos- or refried beans). This mouthwatering recipe features both variations. Tip: If you want the beans extra spicy, do not remove the seeds from the chiles. Prep time does not include soaking. From Ladies Home Journal.

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    1. 1
      Soak beans according to package directions; drain.
    2. 2
      Heat oil in stock pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
    3. 3
      Add salt pork; cook 2 minutes, until browned.
    4. 4
      Reduce heat to medium; add onions and chile and cook 4 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
    6. 6
      Add drained beans, water and cumin seed.
    7. 7
      Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 30 minutes.
    8. 8
      Add salt and continue to cook 25 to 35 minutes more, until tender.
    9. 9
      (Can be made ahead. Cool. Transfer to large microwaveproof container. Cover and refrigerate overnight. To reheat: Microwave on high 10 minutes, stirring once after 5 minutes, until heated through.) Makes 7 cups.
    10. 10
      Refries Beans (frijoles refritos):.
    11. 11
      Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil or lard in large skillet over medium-high heat.
    12. 12
      Add 1/2 cup finely chopped onion and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until browned.
    13. 13
      Add 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic and cook 30 seconds.
    14. 14
      Add 2 cups cooked beans and 1/3 to 1/2 cup bean liquid to skilet.
    15. 15
      (Or, microwave 2 cups refrigerated beans and 1/3 to 1/2 cup bean liquid on High, 2 to 3 minutes, until room temperature, and add to skillet).
    16. 16
      Mash beans and liquid coarsely with back of wooden spoon or potato masher.
    17. 17
      Cook 1 to 2 minutes more, untilheated through, addingmore bean liquid or water if needed.
    18. 18
      Transfer beans to a food processor.
    19. 19
      Process just until smooth.
    20. 20
      Makes 2 cups (4 servings).

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 05, 2009


      Arriba, arriba, andele! I don't know if that slang is appropriate or not, but I couldn't help thinking the phrase throughout my cooking process. I cooked 2 lbs of pintos using a ham bone for seasoning and purposely cooked them thick to be used in burritos and dip. Excellent recipe...muchas gracias!

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    • on March 03, 2005


      These were very tasty. I made them re-fried and everyone enjoyed them. I only used 1 jalapeno and next time will bump up the spice becuase our beans had more of a bacon flavor than spicy but still very good. I made the whole batch re-fried and plan to freeze the leftovers.

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    • on February 26, 2005


      this is how i make the beans better than canned guys thanks for posting this recipe you can also use a hamhock add have a really fine dinner of beans and corn bread before you mash the little suckers lol dee

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    Nutritional Facts for Frijoles (Mexican Style Pinto Beans)

    Serving Size: 1 (219 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 133.0
    Calories from Fat 98
    Total Fat 10.9 g
    Saturated Fat 3.5 g
    Cholesterol 9.7 mg
    Sodium 817.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 7.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 0.7 g
    Protein 3.2 g

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