Easy and inexpensive, this recipe require a few basic ingredients and a few hours of your time to make delicious, traditional Mexican beans.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 1 pound dried pinto beans, washed
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons lard
- water to cover
- salt to taste
Place beans in a large pot with onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, garlic, and lard; add enough water to cover with 4 to 5 inches of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook for 2 to 3 hours. Depending on the beans, it may take up to 5 hours. Add more water if necessary.
When beans are soft, season to taste with salt.
You can also refry the beans by melting lard to your taste (the more lard, the tastier) in a heavy skillet. Pour 1/3 of the pot bean mixture into the lard at a time, mashing and incorporating the beans and lard. At the end, you will have 'refried beans' or 'frijoles refritos.'