Frijoles (Mexican Style Pinto Beans)

Recipe by BecR2400
READY IN: 1hr 30mins




  • Soak beans according to package directions; drain.
  • Heat oil in stock pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add salt pork; cook 2 minutes, until browned.
  • Reduce heat to medium; add onions and chile and cook 4 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Add drained beans, water and cumin seed.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  • Add salt and continue to cook 25 to 35 minutes more, until tender.
  • (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.
  • Refries Beans (frijoles refritos):
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil or lard in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add 1/2 cup finely chopped onion and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until browned.
  • Add 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  • Add 2 cups cooked beans and 1/3 to 1/2 cup bean liquid to skilet.
  • (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).
  • Mash beans and liquid coarsely with back of wooden spoon or potato masher.
  • Cook 1 to 2 minutes more, untilheated through, addingmore bean liquid or water if needed.
  • Transfer beans to a food processor.
  • Process just until smooth.
  • Makes 2 cups (4 servings).