Mexican Beans Recipe

Pinto beans, Mexican spices, and garlic create a great vegetarian filling for burritos or other recipes.


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How To Make Mexican Beans

Pinto beans, Mexican spices, and garlic create a great vegetarian filling for burritos or other recipes.

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 30 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dried pinto beans, 2 to 2 ½ cup
  • 8 cups water, possibly more as needed
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs fresh epazote, can be omitted
  • 2 tsp salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Pick through the beans to discard any pebbles or other debris.
  2. Rinse the beans well and drain.
  3. Place the beans in a heavy pot.
  4. Pour in 2 quarts water, or enough to cover the beans by "two knuckles."
  5. Turn the heat on high.
  6. While the beans start to heat, quickly dice the onion (about 1 cup diced) and finely mince the garlic.

  7. Add the onion, garlic, and epazote to the beans.

  8. Bring the beans to a boil on high, then reduce the heat so that the beans are at a bare simmer.
  9. Do not cover the pot.
  10. Simmer the beans slowly, without stirring, for 1 hour.
  11. Then stir the beans up from the bottom.
  12. If necessary, add enough water to cover the beans by 1 inch.
  13. Simmer for another 30 minutes, then stir and check the water level again.

  14. If needed, add enough water to cover the beans by ½ inch.

  15. When the beans start to feel soft, stir in the salt.
  16. Check the beans every 15 minutes or so, stirring and adding just enough water to now just barely cover the beans. When the beans are cooked through, remove the epazote.
  17. You should end up with enough liquid to cover the beans.
  18. To thicken the bean broth, puree ½ to 1 cup of the beans and return them to the pot.

  19. Serve the beans in small bowls or cups with some of their liquid, or drain them and use them in other recipes.

Recipe Notes

Note: A flame tamer will help distribute the heat evenly and keep the bottom from scorching.

Nutrition

  • Sugar: 6g
  • :
  • Calcium: 298mg
  • Calories: 806kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 146g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Fiber: 36g
  • Iron: 12mg
  • Potassium: 3210mg
  • Protein: 49g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 1987mg
  • Vitamin C: 18mg
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