Frijoles III Recipe -
Frijoles III Recipe
  • READY IN 5+ hrs

Frijoles III

Recipe by  

"I searched all the recipes, and none are close to real Mexican beans. The canned type are only a pale imitation of the real beans simmering all day on the stove. Easy and inexpensive, too. Do not soak and drain beans overnight as per American or European bean recipes. Cook the beans in their own liquid. You can use black beans and different chile peppers in this recipe."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

On Sale Change Settings

Hmm. None of these ingredients are on sale today.

Show ingredients on sale

Sort stores by

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 hrs

    5 hrs 10 mins


  1. 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.
  2. When beans are soft, season to taste with salt.
Kitchen-Friendly View


  • Note
  • 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.'

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 30, 2006

My sister made almost the exact same thing after coming back from a summer internship living with a Mexican family. She didn't add the lard, but maybe put butter in, instead. I've made the same thing, but have cooked the onions and garlic in a skillet with some oil before adding it to the cooking beans. Then you've got some garlic onion oil to use for cooking quesadillas to go with the beans! I never saw a need for soaking the beans, either.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 29, 2004

Nice but much better to soak the beans first (overnight), rinse then cook...add the Onion, Cilantro and pepper at the end of the cooking.

Sep 10, 2007

I didn't have time to soak beans, so I just used canned pintos. Sauteed the onion, garlic and jalapeno in a little olive oil, threw in the beans, and added a splash of chicken broth. Good stuff. Thanks.

Dec 05, 2006

mexican frijoles are far simpler, just cook with onion, garlic, epazote (wormsweed or jesuits tea). It is better to let them soak overnight, as it saves time and money. The beans should be black, not pinto, and very very well cooked.

Oct 25, 2007

Just a very good bean dish. if you like beans try it its really worth it.

Dec 14, 2010

Didn't use the lard, added some dried epazote --- would recommend adding the cilantro towards the end.

Apr 11, 2008

I have to admit I made some major changes to this recipe and I thought it made an excellent soup. I decided to saute chicken (boneleass skinless breast) in cumin and salt and a pinch of chili powder for about 6 minutes and added it to the soup for the last hour. I also added a small can of tomato sauce at the last ten minutes and garnished it with provolone cheese. It was great.

Oct 02, 2006

This recipe is good but I would leave out the jalapenos. I did add a little bit of cooked chorizo to give it a different flavor. I would make this again.


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 156 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.9 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 2.6 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 6.1 g
  • 25%
  • Protein
  • 8.3 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 202 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Mealtime Money-Savers
Mealtime Money-Savers

Browse through over 500 recipes for delicious, budget-friendly meals.

Can What You Can't
Can What You Can't

The old saying goes, "Eat what you can, and can what you can't!" We have the know-how.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Mexican Rice III

Watch how to make this top-rated Mexican rice dish.

Low-Cal Chicken Taco Dinner

This meal of tacos with black beans and chocolate pudding is under 600 calories.

Mexican Bean Salad

A perfect potluck partner. Three beans, corn, peppers, and plenty of kick.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States