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Frijoles Molidos - Fried Beans

Cooking Time: 1 Hour 30 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Intermediate


2 cups dried black, red, or pinto beans, rinsed
2/3 cup vegetable oil
8 cups water
1 cup yellow onion, diced
1 cup red bell pepper, diced
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro leaves, diced
Salt and ground pepper to taste


  1. Soak beans in water for two hours in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until beans are cooked, about 1 1/2 hours.

  2. Remove from heat. Liquefy beans with their liquid in a blender or a food processor. Or, mash beans in the pot with a potato masher. 

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and cilantro. Heat until onions are golden brown approximately 10 minutes.

  4. Add beans and cook, stirring, until the mixture forms a thick creamy paste, about 10 minutes. Serve beans with your favorite dish.

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