Enjoyed by everyone in Mexico regardless of social status, the humble ‘frijol’ has been part of the Mexican diet for millennia.🇲🇽
This is a simple recipe to prepare one of the basic, yet very important, dishes of the Mexican cuisine repertoire. More than half of the traditional dishes of Mexican cuisine have or are served with beans, therefore, it is important to get the basics right.
This is a recipe with just the basic ingredients, beans, onion, garlic and chilli. However, I have provided options for more combinations but also I will invite you to explore new combinations and personalise your own ‘frijoles’.
This recipe in Mexico is called, ‘Frijoles de la Olla’.
Mexican black beans
- 250 g dry black beans replace with other bean varieties like pinto, kidney, etc.
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- 1 dried chipotle chilli replace with chipotle in adobo or fresh jalapeño chilli chopped
- 1 lt water
- olive oil
- salt to taste
- Soak the beans in 1/2 litre of water and let them rest overnight - or a minimum of 4 hours.
- Drain the water from the beans and put in a saucepan with1/2 little of water. Bring to boil.
- Once it is boiling add the onion, garlic, chilli, and salt. Reduce the heat to low flame. Cook for at least 2 hours or until soft.
- Serve hot in a bowl and add a bit of olive oil as garnish.
- Some people like adding lard or vegetable oil when cooking the beans
- You can also add epazote or coriander as an extra spice
- You can also add some chicken or vegetable stock to add flavour
- Chopped onion and coriander
- Crumbly cheese or substitute
- A few drops of cream or substitute
- Fresh chillies finely chopped
- Avocado slices