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What are some good Mexican-style pinto bean recipes?

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Mexican frijoles and frijoles refritos are good Mexican-style pinto bean recipes. Add a variety of seasoning and toppings to the beans, such as cheese, cilantro or sour cream. For authentic Mexican cuisine, add the Mexican herb epazote to the beans.

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To make Mexican frijoles, soak 1 pound of dried pinto beans overnight. Drain and rinse the beans, and set them aside. In a stock pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 pound of sliced salt pork or bacon to the pot, and brown it for two minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium, and add 1 cup of chopped onions and 1 chopped jalapeno or serrano pepper. Cook the mixture for four minutes before adding 1 tablespoon of finely chopped garlic. Cook that for 1 minute, and then add the drained beans, 6 cups of water, 1/4 teaspoon of cumin seed and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook this for 25 to 35 minutes or until the beans are tender.

To make frijoles refritos, begin with the Mexican frijoles recipe. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil or lard in a skillet. Saute 1/2 cup of onion for two to three minutes or until golden-brown. Add 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, and cook for 30 seconds. Add 2 cups of the Mexican frijoles plus 1/2 cup of water or bean cooking liquid to the skillet, and cook for two minutes, mashing the beans with the back of a spoon.

Cook the mixture down until it reaches the desired thickness. For an even smoother consistency, transfer the mixture to a food processor, and process until smooth.

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