Traditional Frijoles

There are three main types of Mexican beans, Frijoles Charros which is a traditional Mexican dish. It is named after the traditional Mexican cowboy, horsemen, or charros, Frijoles Negros which is a Hispanic nutritious dish made with black beans, prepared in Cuba, Venezuela (where it is called Caraotas Negras), Puerto Rico, Mexico, and other nations in Latin America except in Brazil, and Frijoles Fritos which is a dish of cooked and mashed beans and is a traditional staple of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, although each cuisine has a different approach when making the dish. Refried beans are also popular in many other Latin American countries.


Esquite with black frijoles

Combining corn and frijoles makes for a wonderful mix of flavors and textures that'll satisfy anyone.

Frijol soup

Crema de Frijol is a creamy bean soup made with beans, Mexican crema, chile de arbol and butter.

Frijoles with Chorizo dip

If you like the classic combination of beans and chorizo, then you'll love this homemade bean dip made with green chiles, Mexican chorizo, and cream cheese. You'll never buy canned bean dip again once you see how easy it to make your own

Frijoles puercos

Frijoles Puercos, which literally means dirty beans. But puerco is also the Spanish word for pork. This soup is made with a variety of pork products like chorizo, bacon, ham, and hot dogs. Hence the name Frijoles Puercos. But in other parts of Mexico this dish is...

Frijoles adobados

Frijoles Adobados are Peruano or pinto beans seasoned with dried ancho, guajillo, and chipotle chiles. My youngest likes to call this dish Frijoles Colorados (red beans) because of the bright red color of the adobo sauce. Frijoles Adobados are traditionally served...


Great for a quick, easy meal or a snack made from leftovers, molletes are very popular in Mexico. You can typically find them at any coffee shop and in many casual restaurants around the country as well. They can be eaten for any meal and you probably have all of the...

Traditional Frijoles

This tasty, inexpensive Mexican bean recipe goes together in a flash but requires long, slow cooking.  The savory flavor comes from salt pork, tomatoes, cilantro, onion and garlic that are simmered together for about 3 hours. 

Frijoles Charros

Here is a basic recipe the way I prepare Frijoles Charros in my kitchen, you can add other meats to the soup, that is what most cooks do, right? Personalize and adjust to your taste. Sometimes I add pork rinds or sliced sausages, too.

White Frijoles and Pork Rib Soup

When I started writing this cookbook, my Salvadoran friends would always ask me if I planned to include this recipe in the soup section. Well, here it is! The combination of white beans, oregano, pork, annatto, and thyme creates a velvety texture that explodes with...

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