When it comes to Mexican cuisine, you can’t fail if using black beans. Beans are an integral part of Mexican cooking and there’s always a pot of beans bubbling away in every traditional home. One easy way of cooking beans is making a creamy dip with a spicy and still fresh flavor. That’s our Frijoles recipe!

Frijoles- a tasty, super affordable Mexican bean dip recipe that goes together in no time, without the long cooking time as I used canned beans. You can always respect the traditional recipe and go for the raw black beans, however, keep in mind that they should be cooked for hours in order to be good. So, if you want a super tasty and still quick and easy-to-make Mexican frijoles recipe, jump to the below recipe field and take a look.

Traditional Mexican Frijoles

Frijoles FAQs

  • What are frijoles made of? – Even though this dish may differ from one region to another, the main ingredients are black beans, onion, and garlic. Also, the savory frijoles are usually topped with crispy pork, roasted tomatoes, and sour cream. In some traditional restaurants, you’ll find this dish served with chorizo crumbled on top or with Lancashire cheese and sour cream.
  • What’s “frijoles” in English? – any of various beans used in Mexican-style cooking; usually used in the plural form.
  • Are refried beans the same as frijoles? – First of all, it’s essential to understand that “frijoles” is the Spanish word for beans. However, when it comes to cuisine, the term is often used to refer to frijoles refritos, or refried beans, which is a traditional variety of cooked beans. This dish is common to Mexican cuisine, especially Northern Mexican and American Tex-Mex (an American cuisine that derives from the culinary creations of the Tejano people of Texas).
  • Are frijoles the same as pinto beans? – No. As previously noted, “frijoles” refer to a certain type of Mexican food, or to simple beans, in some cases, while “pinto beans” are literally “painted beans” in Spanish. The pinto bean is a variety of common beans. It is the most popular bean by crop production in Northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States and is most often eaten whole (sometimes in broth), mashed, and then refried. Either way, it is a common filling for burritos, tostadas, or tacos in Mexican cuisine.
  • What to eat with Frijoles? – The most usual way to serve frijoles is with tortilla chips or raw vegetable sticks. However, if you want to go a little extra, try pairing this traditional bean dip with burritos, chili beef nachos, or pork in salsa tacos. Moreover, I strongly advise you to add frijoles to your Chicken Quesadillas for an extra Mexican kick!
Traditional Mexican Frijoles

How to Make Mexican Frijoles at Home

No matter if you are a pro cook or you are new to Mexican cuisine, this frijoles recipe is the best addition to a traditional dinner table! Here, you have the classic recipe with no further adding or serving seasonings. However, keep in mind that you can always add your favorite seasonings to the dip mix and serve it how you find most delicious.

With no further introductions, let’s take a look at the ingredient list below and the easy step-by-step recipe with images. I love to add images every step of the way cause in this way I feel like I’m there with you while you cook my recipes. A lovely feeling!

Traditional Mexican Frijoles

Ingredient List For Mexican Frijoles

Here is the simple ingredient list, as promised! Don’t forget that you can adapt it to your own taste, and even go for a sweet (not hot) frijole dip if your kid has a sensitive stomach!

  • 1 cup canned black beans (drained and liquid reserved);
  • ½ teaspoon red chili pepper paste;
  • 2 stems of coriander;
  • At least 1 teaspoon of butter (at room temperature);
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped;
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped;
  • kosher salt to taste;
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste.
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Traditional Frijoles Step-by-Step Recipe

Now that you gather all the ingredients you need, next, you should read this step-by-step recipe, before actually preparing it. In my opinion, is best to know a little about the steps you are going to follow, before actually preparing a recipe. So, let’s take a look:

  1. Add the butter to a hot pan and let it melt.
butter
  1. Next, cook the onion pieces in the butter until soft, then add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
onion
  1. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
salt
  1. Drain the beans reserving the cooking liquid. Then, add them to the pan, over the cooked onion.
adding black beans
  1. Then, add the chili paste and mix it with the beans.
chili paste
  1. Finally, add the bean mix from the pan with a little of their cooking liquid and whiz in the food processor.
beans mix in food processor
  1. Remove the bean dip to a bowl and season to taste with extra seasonings.
  2. Allow to cool and serve with finely chopped shallots, a garnish of coriander, heavy cream, grated cheese, or pulled pork. Keep in mind that they’re perfect with a bowl of tortilla chips and an ice-cold beer.
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TRADITIONAL MEXICAN FRIJOLES

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Dip your nachos or veggie sticks into this creamy and spicy frijoles dip for the ultimate traditional dip!

Ingredients

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    • 1 cup canned black beans (drained and liquid reserved);

    • ½ teaspoon red chili pepper paste;

    • 2 stems of coriander;

    • At least 1 teaspoon of butter (at room temperature);

    • 1 small white onion, finely chopped;

    • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped;

    • kosher salt to taste;

    • freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Add the butter to a hot pan and let it melt.
  2. Next, cook the onion pieces in the butter until soft, then add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
  3. Then, add the chili paste and mix it with the beans.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Drain the beans reserving the cooking liquid. Then, add them to the pan, over the cooked onion.
  6. Finally, add the bean mix from the pan with a little of their cooking liquid and whiz in the food processor.
  7. Remove the bean dip to a bowl and season to taste with extra seasonings.
  8. Allow to cool and serve with finely chopped shallots, a garnish of coriander, heavy cream, grated cheese, or pulled pork. Keep in mind that they’re perfect with a bowl of tortilla chips and an ice-cold beer.
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Finally, it’s time for you to share your thought on this Mexican frijoles recipe. What do you think about the traditional bean recipe? How would you improve and how would you serve this Mexican dip? Also, tell me everything about your cooking experience with this recipe and how your family reacted to it. I’m super excited every time you share your opinion with all of us. Not to mention that every further question on the topic is expected in the comments section below. Feel free to ask anything and everything! We are all here to help each other!

Last but not least, for more easy appetizer recipes visit our Appetizers and Starters section! We are sure you’ll be impressed by the wide range of recipes you’ll find there. Also, give the following bean recipes below a try too:

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