Today, I learned how to make authentic Mexican Pinto Beans, aka, Frijoles de la Olla, which means, “Beans right out of the pot.” This is extremely popular in Mexican cuisine and it’s ooooh so good!
Pinto beans are a very good source of fiber for lowering the cholesterol. Also, the beans’ high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.
Pinto beans have a beige background strewn with reddish brown splashes of color; hence their name “pinto,” which in Spanish means “painted.” When cooked, their colored splotches disappear, and they become a pretty pink color.
2 bags (1 lb each) of dried pinto beans
4 large cloves of garlic
½ onion (large size) chopped
1/2 tsp of Chicken bouillon per cup of beans – my favorite brand is “Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base” in paste form
Optional – ham hock, side of bacon
Topping: Ground cotija cheese or shredded Monterey jack cheese
Place both bags of pinto beans in a large bowl. Inspect the beans and get rid of any old one or rocks. Rinse and squish the beans with your fingers several times to get rid of the dirt. Rinse until the water is clear.
The next morning, rinse beans several times again. You’re going to see that the water is cloudy at first, so that’s why you need to keep rinsing until the water become clear.
While you’re rinsing the beans, take a large pot (10 quarts) or larger and fill about half way and put the heat on high to boil the water.
Peel 4 large cloves of garlic and chop ½ of a large onion and add to the water.
Optional – this is the time when you can add ham hock or a side bacon to the water to add flavor to the beans and the broth.
About 30 minutes, before the beans are finished add about 1/2 teaspoon of chicken bouillon per cup of pinto beans to the water and mix.
After the pinto beans are done, scoop serving into a bowl with the broth and sprinkle some Mexican Cotija cheese.
This is a great side dish to a meal or you can put them in fresh tortillas and roll them up and eat them.