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8 INGREDIENTS5 STEPS2hr 40min

Mexican Black Beans (Frijoles de la Olla)

Making authentic Mexican black beans from scratch is so much easier than you think! This classic Mexican dish is healthy, vegetarian, and uses just five ingredients.
Mexican Black Beans (Frijoles de la Olla) Recipe | SideChef
Making authentic Mexican black beans from scratch is so much easier than you think! This classic Mexican dish is healthy, vegetarian, and uses just five ingredients.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
8
Serves 8
1 3/4 cups
(dried)
3 Tbsp
Vegetable Oil
1
Small  Yellow Onion , diced
1 sprig
Epazote
(optional)
8 cups
Water
1/2 Tbsp
to taste
Cotija Cheese
for garnish
(optional)
to taste
for garnish
(optional)
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
108
FAT
5.4 g
PROTEIN
3.7 g
CARBS
12.0 g

Author's Notes

The instructions are correct: you don’t salt the beans until they are finished cooking! I could not believe this when I first tried the recipe, but it’s true. I should know better than to doubt Rick Bayless. Wait until they are done, then add the salt and simmer a little longer. I don’t know how this works, but it does. My Lodge enameled cast iron dutch oven is a go-to for this recipe, because it cooks the beans evenly.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Pick over the beans to check for any stones, or beans that look bad. Then rinse thoroughly.
Step 2
Add the Vegetable Oil (3 Tbsp) to a deep pot over medium heat. Add the Yellow Onion (1) and cook until golden, stirring often, about 10-15 minutes.
Step 3
Add Black Beans (1 3/4 cups) and Water (8 cups) to the pot with the onion. Remove any beans that float. Add Epazote (1 sprig) if using, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 2 hours.
Step 4
Stir the beans from time to time, and make sure that the water is about 1/2 inch above the beans at all times. Add more if it sinks below this level. You want the beans to be cooked all the way through and creamy. If they aren’t ready after 2 hours, simmer a little longer, adding a bit more water if necessary.
Step 5
Once beans are cooked all the way through, add the Kosher Salt (1/2 Tbsp) and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Serve topped with crumbled Cotija Cheese (to taste) on top, garnish with Fresh Cilantro (to taste) .
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
108
% Daily Value*
Fat
5.4 g
7%
Saturated Fat
4.3 g
22%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
0.0 mg
0%
Carbohydrates
12.0 g
4%
Fiber
4.6 g
16%
Sugars
2.3 g
--
Protein
3.7 g
7%
Sodium
552.9 mg
24%
Vitamin D
--
--
Calcium
53.6 mg
4%
Iron
1.3 mg
7%
Potassium
175.0 mg
4%
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