RECIPE ~ How to Cook Dried Beans

Beans are a constant in Mexican home kitchens. (In Texas, we didn’t have them every day, but they were served often, sometimes as a simple supper with cornbread and a salad.) Pinto beans and black beans are usual types. They are delicious fresh-cooked, known as frijoles de olla (beans in the pot), and they can be mashed, seasoned, fried, and served as frijoles refritos, refried beans.