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Frijoles de la Olla (Mexican Beans)


Frijoles de la Olla: mexican style beans

Frijoles de la Olla, Clay Pot, Dry Peruvian Beans, and Fresh Epazote Leaves
Photo Credit: Lola’s Cocina

Beans are a protein-rich superfood high in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. These legumes were a staple ingredient utilized by indigenous peoples before and after the Spanish colonization of Mexico, and continue to be a mainstay on tables today. Their staying power is a testament to their importance in the human diet. While traditional Mexican beans are made in clay pots, or ollas, this recipe can easily be replicated in a heavy stainless steel stock pot or even cooked overnight in a slow cooker. Read More…

Stuffed Bell Peppers

By Stella Mancillas (my great aunt)

10 bell peppers
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds ground beef
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup onion diced
1 15-ounce can of pork and beans
¾ cup ketchup
1 teaspoon mustard


  1. Boil bell peppers in salt water until light green. Remove tops (save for later) and seeds, and then drain upside down.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Form hamburger meat into patties, and fry in a pan lightly coated with oil. Once cooked, break patties into small pieces.
  4. Mix in onion, pork and beans, ketchup, and mustard. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes.
  5. Arrange peppers in shallow baking dish and then fill with ground beef mixture. Cover with bell pepper tops.
  6. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with steamed white rice.

Refried Beans | Frijoles Refritos

by Lola

2 cups Frijoles de la Olla drained
1 cup bean broth (or water)
3 tablespoons lard or olive oil
Salt (to taste)
½ cup queso cotija crumbled

Prepare cast-iron skillet with lard or oil over high heat. When very hot, add beans and mash until smooth, moving frequently to avoid burning.
Add bean broth or water until beans reach desired consistency.Test, by running a flat wooden spatula down the middle of the beans. They should stay slightly separated and not run together.
Serve hot with topped with crumbled cotija cheese.