Frijoles are so easy to make that you hardly need a recipe. Basically, you just put beans in water with a little seasoning and cook until tender. Then mash into a paste consistency. That's it. Pretty simple huh?
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook time: 45 min
Total time: 50 mins
Yield: 4 servings
1/2 cup pinto beans 1 ounce salt pork, chopped 1/3 cup onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed 6 cups water (as needed) 1/4 cup enchilada sauce, to taste salt, to taste
1. Place all ingredients except the salt and enchilada sauce in a large pot and bring to a boil. Simmer, partially covered, until the beans are tender (don't over cook), about 30 minutes if beans were pre-soaked, up to 2 hours if not pre-soaked. Keep the beans covered with about one inch of water at all times during cooking.
2. After the beans are cooked tender, strain the water off of the beans. Add 1/4 cup fresh water and the enchilada sauce to the beans. Turn heat down to low.
3. Using a potato masher, mash the beans in the pot on low heat until they are a rough puree. Add more water or enchilada sauce if necessary to keep the beans from getting too dry. Add salt and additional enchilada sauce to taste. Add 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese if you want.
4. Remove from heat and serve when you have a paste consistency with some partial and a few whole beans left in the mix.