There is nothing like a hot bowl of frijoles de la olla (freshly boiled beans). Freshly boiled beans are a staple in every Mexican household and they are super easy to make. You only need 4 main ingredients: beans, water, salt, and garlic.
Frijoles de la olla
As many of you know, I grew up in a Mexican household which means I heard “Hay frijoles en la casa” all the times I asked my mom for fast food. This translates to, “There are beans at home.” While I was pretty bummed as a kid, I am now very grateful for homemade frijoles de la holla.
Making your own beans at home is very satisfying because it’s overall very easy and the beans are much better quality than canned beans. Making them at home will also save you some money throughout the year.
My Favorite Beans to Use
I highly recommended using Peruvian beans also known as Canary or Mayocoba beans. They are mild in flavor, and have a nice buttery taste. They are also known for making you less gassy/bloated! You can use any kind of beans but keep in mind that cooking time may vary depending on which you use.
Easy Refried Beans Recipe:
- 2 cups cooked beans
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1 small serrano or jalapeño pepper, diced (optional but recommended)
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 1/2- 3/4 cup water or vegetable broth (or more depending on how you like them)
- Salt to taste
- Turn a pan on medium heat and add oil. Once it’s hot, add onion, and serrano pepper, and cook for about 3 minutes until fragrant.
- Add beans and water/veg broth. Wait until they simmer for 2 minutes. Once they are heated all the way through, use the backside of your spatula to mash them until you get your desired consistency. You can also blend them if you want them more purée-like.
- Add more water if you want then a little runnier. Taste and add salt as needed.
- Turn the stove off and let sit for a few minutes before serving.
Tips for the best frijoles de la olla:
Soak: Soak beans in water for a few hours or overnight. This helps reduce cooking time but it can also help reduce bloating and gas for those that don’t digest beans too well.
Rinse: Rinse beans well before cooking. Rinse and drain at least 3 times before cooking. Beans can come with rocks, sticks and other debris so make sure to pick these out.
Salt: Add salt towards the end of the cooking process to avoid modifying the texture of the beans.
Epazote: Add epazote leaves to help reduce bloating and gas. You can find these at most Mexican grocery stores.