How to Make Frijoles

This protein-packed and full of fiber meal is a staple in Mexico. Frijoles can be served as a soup or mashed and fried for your next meal.

Hi, everyone. I'm Judith. Well, today I'll be showing you how to make frijoles protein-packed and full of fiber really health and delicious. So what you'll need is 2-1/2 teaspoons of salt, 1 pound of dried pinto beans, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/4 pound of salt pork with the rind removed or sliced bacon finely chopped. Today, we'll be using sliced bacon. 1 cup of chopped onions, 1 serrano or jalapeño chili seeded and finely chopped. Today, we'll be using jalapeño. 1 tablespoon of finely chopped garlic, 6 cups of water and 1/4 teaspoon of cumin seed. Alright, so for our frijoles, we soaked these dried pinto beans according to package instructions. If you wanna use black beans, that's fine too. Frijoles are either pinto beans or black beans. So, they are all nice and soft and ready to go. So, in our Dutch oven next to us, we have it on medium high heat. I'm gonna put some of that oil in there. Let that get hot and we're gonna cook our bacon or our pork which I'll be using until it gets nice and brown. So, our bacon is browned nicely on a high heat there. So, let's turn the heat to a medium and we're gonna add now the chopped onions and our pepper in there. And we're gonna cook that for about 4 minutes. So, the onion and the chili has been cooking for about 4 minutes and now we're gonna add in our garlic. So we always have the garlic in right in the last minute because if you let the garlic burn or cook too much, it becomes very bitter and you don't want that bitter taste in your dish. So we're gonna cook that garlic for 1 minute more with the rest of the ingredients. Alright, so now it's time to add in our beans. Now, make sure you drain your beans after soaking them so they're all prepared. So we're gonna put in the beans into the mix. Add in the cumin seed and that's just gonna give wonderful flavor to the whole pot and then, of course, the water. Lovely. So we're gonna bring that to a boil now. And once it's boiling, we're then gonna reduce the heat to a medium low to a simmer more or less. We're gonna let it simmer for about 30 minutes with the lid on. After 30 minutes, we're then gonna add in some salt to taste and we're gonna simmer it for another 30 minutes more. So, our frijoles have been simmering for a total of about an hour, an hour and 5 to 10 minutes and they are-- it's done now, beautiful to perfection. So let's just bowl that up. And remember, halfway through at 30 minutes, we added some salt to taste. And that just looks gorgeous. You've got that lovely saltiness of the bacon, that cumin flavor. Oh! Serve it up with a nice piece of chicken or pork and that is gonna be one great dinner. So there you go, that's how you make frijoles.