Ingredients

How to make it

  • 1. To a large sauce pan - about the size of a pressure cooker add: 1 1/2 - 2 cups pinto beans, (Mexican: "Frijoles pintos") 10-12 cups water
  • 2. Wash frijoles well after picking out rocks etc. Soak all of above overnight, then bring slowly to a simmer. (A faster way is to bring all of above slowly to a simmer, turn off heat and let sit for an hour or two, stir, drain, refill with water, then bring slowly back to simmer.)
  • 3. Add ham hock, or some bacon or bacon grease, or a chunk of fat meat, 3 bay leaves, several hot dry red chilies like tepine, pico de gallo, pequin or Tabasco, cloves of garlic, 1 Tbs. dry leaf oregano, 1 tsp. whole cumin seed, crushed a bit, Good grind black pepper, 1-4 Tbs. pure ground red chili powder, 1 tsp. vinegar.
  • 4. Simmer frijoles very slowly for several hours until beans are very tender. Add water as needed to maintain level and stir gently occasionally so they don't stick. When beans are quite tender, remove from heat and stir in:
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. sugar, bit of salt.
  • Note: Don't add salt until frijoles are done, it will make them tough. For “the real thing” frijoles refritos, fry up some beans and their juice in a bit of grease, mashing the beans and stirring them around until they are quite dry. Don't scorch.
  • Okay, which of you graciosos has the tortillas, salsa picante and cervesa?

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  • impssweetp 4 years ago
    Can always use a good recipe from a good friend. I wiIl think kind thoughts of you when I make these.
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    " It was excellent "
    sitbynellie ate it and said...
    Nice recipe. I don't cook beans 'from scratch' often enough. It sounds good saying it out loud too...
    Thanks
    Susan
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    " It was excellent "
    chef_irish ate it and said...
    Saved Again...I Like This Bean Recipe and Will Definately Use It!
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  • alisdhair 4 years ago
    One, was the capitalization of Chile just an ill aimed pun? Also you forgot to mention that as with all Mexican dishes, to develop the flavours, let it set in the sun amidst the flies for at least half a day. All in all a good one I must admit.
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    " It was excellent "
    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    Me like. A LOT! Beans "R" us. Frugality and taste...yum.
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  • lizzconn 4 years ago
    ARRIBA! 5 Forks!
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    " It was excellent "
    fishtrippin ate it and said...
    MMM.... definitly pintos. Delicious.
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    " It was excellent "
    cuzpat ate it and said...
    More high 5!!!!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    goodeat ate it and said...
    Five forky for ya!
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    " It was excellent "
    hungrybear ate it and said...
    A goody
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    " It was excellent "
    sosousme ate it and said...
    Pinto Pinto...giddy up! Sounds like a great recipe for frijoles. Will try on my next Mexican night~

    Cheers Lindy
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    " It was excellent "
    mjcmcook ate it and said...
    ~HELLO~
    Thank-you so much for this "5"FORK!!!!!
    recipe for the "REAL THING"~ Bean-Wise~!
    ALL the ingredients create the 'Unique'
    Mexican 'Frijoles'~ In my humble opinion
    the little' Pinto Bean' is the Best for
    this recipe~
    ~*~mj~*~
    ~Photo~FLAGGED!!!!!
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