Frijoles de Olla otherwise known as Mexican beans is the perfect recipe to have on hand when you are looking for a Mexican inspired side dish.  It goes well with everything from morning eggs to dinner time tamales.

Frijoles de Olla Recipe

Things have been somewhat slow at the home front with regards to cooking.  Actually, I should say, with jaunting down recipes, shooting them, and then sharing them.  While we have been traveling a bit this month, we are still eating.  Most of the meals have been quick and easy ones, or ones that I can start early in the day, and we can enjoy after work.  Or they freeze well (such as this recipe), and we can enjoy when we get back from our travels. Now, that we are back at home for a bit, I am fine-tuning these recipes, so that we can enjoy (again) and to share with you.

The past month we I have been craving spicy recipes, and it doesn’t matter which authenticity of spicy food.  I have been making a lot of Mexican food recently, and it just keeps getting better and better.  For instance I made a version of these baked tacos from Baked Bree, the other night using ground turkey, and they were so good we ate them two days in a row.  Then I took some crisp iceberg lettuce, and proceeded to turn a classic salad into an extraordinary salad with this Chipotle Ranch Dressing.  Then I made a batch of beans that could be spread over a few meals.

One recipe that is a good ole stand by in our house is this recipe for Frijoles de Olla (Mexican Beans).  This recipe is so easy.  Even though you need to soak the dried pinto beans before cooking, it is still really easy to make.  The seasonings are as simple as making the beans, just toss a a little salt pork, yellow onion, and garlic into a dutch oven and let it do it magic.  Yep that’s it!  I made a batch of these Mexican Beans for a dinner party the other day, I know, that was bold of me, but they went really well with carnitas and icy cold beers.  The next day the leftovers were great with poached eggs and warm tortillas.

Do you have a favorite stand-by recipe such as Frijoles de Olla that seems to save the day or meal?  


Recipe:  Frijoles de Olla 


  • 2 cups dried pinto beans, picked though to remove pebbles or bad beans
  • 1/4 pound salt pork, finely diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • water
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

How To:

  1. Soak the beans in warm water for 2 hours.
  2. Drain.
  3. In a large [dutch oven|] add the salt pork, stirring over medium heat, for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the yellow onion, stir and cook for another 3 minutes
  5. Add the garlic.
  6. Add the drained beans.
  7. Place 6 cups of water in with the beans. Bring to a boil.
  8. Lower the heat to a very low simmer. Cover.
  9. Stirring occasionally until the beans are tender, and the water has become a flavorful broth. This will take about 2 – 2 1/12 hours.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Serve immediately or save for later.




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