Recipe from Ladies' Home Journal
In Mexico, frijoles are served either soupy in broth or mashed and fried. This mouthwatering recipe, with pinto beans and salt pork, features both versions.
see savings2 1/2 teaspoonssalt
see savings1 pounddry pinto beans
see savings1 tablespoonolive oil
see savings1/4 poundsalt pork, rind removed, or sliced bacon, finely chopped
see savings1 cupchopped onions
see savings1serrano or jalapeno chile, seeded and finely chopped
see savings1 tablespoonfinely chopped garlic
see savings6 cupswater
see savings1/4 teaspooncumin seed
Soak beans according to package directions; drain.
Heat oil in a 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.)
Per 1-3/4-cup serving for Frijoles:
460 calories, 20 g total fat, 6.5 g saturated fat, 17 mg cholesterol, 1,337 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrates, 18 g protein, 110 mg calcium, 10 g fiber
Refried Beans (Frijoles Refritos):
Prepare beans as directed through step 2. 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 skillet. (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, until heated through, adding more bean liquid or water if needed. Transfer beans to a food processor. Process just until smooth. Makes 2 cups (4 servings).
Per 1/2-cup serving for Refried Beans:
225 calories, 11 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 7 mg cholesterol, 536 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrates, 8 g protein, 51 mg calcium, 5 g fiber
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