Mexican Frijoles Negros Recipe

Frijoles negros, or black beans, are a staple of Mexican cuisine. You’re going to love my easy Mexican frijoles negros recipe! These beans are hearty, delicious, incredibly versatile and packed with plant-based protein — making them perfect for vegans and vegetarians alike.

Mexican Frijoles Negro Recipe

Frijoles Negros


Black beans, or “frijoles negros” in Spanish, are small legumes that have been eaten in Mexico for centuries. They are particularly popular in the cuisines of Southern and coastal parts of Mexico.

In states like Campeche, Yucatan, Tabasco, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Chiapas, and Quintana Roo, frijoles negros are the bean of choice.

My family is from the state of Jalisco and we didn’t grow up eating black beans. Peruano beans and pinto beans were what we ate.

The first time I saw or ate frijoles negros was Cuban black beans. The beans were served as a side dish with white rice and plantains. So different then what I grew up eating, but so delicious too!

How to cook Mexican black beans

What Are Mexican Black Beans?

Black beans (also known as black turtle beans) are a delicious and nutritious staple of Mexican food as well as vegan and vegetarian diets.

They’re packed with protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins and healthy carbs and fats.

This makes them a great choice for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone looking to add more plant-based protein into their diet.

Plus, they’re incredibly tasty and quite versatile too.

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How to Eat Frijoles Negros

They have an earthy flavor and creamy texture that naturally goes great with so many authentic Mexican dishes.

Plus, they offer many health benefits such as being low in calories but high in protein and fiber. This makes them an ideal ingredient for those looking to include more plant-based meals into their diets without sacrificing taste or nutrition.

You can serve these frijoles as a main dish — my favorite is a large bowl with some chopped avocado, a spoon full of salsa molcajeteada, crumbled vegan chicharron (if I have any), some sour cream and a pile of warm corn tortillas. Oh and some queso fresco too!

(Sometimes I’ll crumble up tortilla chips to top a bowl of cooked beans in their broth. So good!)

To serve frijoles negros you can blend them to make enfrijoladas, use them as a filling for gorditas, mash and spread them on bolillo to make tortas or molletes.

You can use these delicious homemade frijoles negros to make black bean soup.

They can also be served a side dish to any Mexican main dish. I love them with my vegan chicharron en salsa, I pair them with some arroz rojo to make a full meal…so many options!

Are Mexican Black Beans Vegan?

Cooked at home, yes! Cooked at restaurants you may want to double checked that they didn’t’ have chicken broth added to them.

Ingridients for Mexican frijoles negros

Frijoles Negros Ingredients

Like other traditional Mexican bean recipes, the ingredients for these frijoles too are a simple list. Below is what I use but be sure to check out the section below to see other variations.

  • black beans
  • white onion
  • garlic cloves
  • epazote
  • salt
  • water

Variations

Here are some variations to other ingredients which can be included when making Mexican black beans.

Instead of epazote, you can use dried bay leaf. The taste will be slightly different but still delicious.

Spices: Some people like to add spices when cooking black beans. I like to skip them so that I can have a base recipe and spice depending on how I’ll be using the beans.

Spices like ground cumin may be used for a slight smoky touch. Chili powder or dried chiles may also be used. If you don’t have fresh garlic or onion you can use garlic powder or onion powder.

I’ve seen black bean recipes that use green peppers, you can use mild jalapeños or spicier Serranos. Or non-spicy use bell peppers, I use them when I cook red beans and it’s delicious.

Liquid: I always use water to cook my beans. I recently saw a recipe where a woman used those chicken broth cubes to give extra flavor to her beans. If you’d wanted a vegan version you could use vegetable broth.

Oil: Occasionally I’ll add also add some oil when cooking beans. It’s believed that the oil give you creamier beans. I use about a Tablespoon of olive oil.

How To Cook Frijoles Negros

Amigos, the day I shot these photos I decided to use my Instant Pot pressure cooker. But you can also cook the beans on the stovetop, instructions below.

  • Pick through the dry beans and remove any dirt, debris, damaged beans or little stones.
  • Rinse the beans under cold running water for a few minutes.
  • Place beans inside the pressure cooker.
  • Add the onion, garlic, epazote, salt into the pot.
  • Pour in the water. Make sure it’s enough water to cover the beans by a few inches.
  • Place the pressure cooker lid on the pot, set valve to Sealing. Select High Pressure and set time to 35 minutes.
  • Allow to naturally release pressure once finished cooking. Carefully open the pot away from your face.
  • Taste the beans for doneness and salt. Adjust as necessary.

How To Cook Stovetop

If you’d rather cook them on the stovetop then you’re going to pour all of the ingredients into a very large pot (I use my Amazon Basic’s Dutch oven).

You’re going to pour in about 6 to 8 cups of water, enough to cover the beans by several inches.

Turn to medium heat, allow to come to the boil. Cover and simmer on medium-low until the beans have softened and cooked through.

You’ll need to add more water, so keep an eye on the beans.

Cooking time will be about 2 hours or so. It will depend on how old and dry the beans are.

Should You Soak Black Beans Before Cook

Traditional Mexican cooks will tell you to soak the beans to remove the sugars that cause gas from beans. (This is why epazote herb is also used.)

I’ll be honest and tell you that most times I don’t soak beans. Simply because I forget to the night before.

Let me share cooking times for soaked black beans.

  • Soaked black beans in the pressure cooker: 20 minutes and natural release.
  • Soaked black beans on the stove top: 45 minutes.

How to Store

Leftover beans can be cooled down to room temperature then stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4 to 5 days.

Of course you can also make refried black beans with them.

You can also freeze them in an a freezer safe container or reusable plastic bags. They’ll keep fresh for up to 3 months.

Mexican Frijoles Negros Recipe

Ok amigos, below is the printable recipe for my Mexican black beans. It also contains the nutritional and daily value information.

Once you start making your own frijoles at home, I promise you won’t even turn to look at the canned beans at the grocery store.

Your taste buds and wallet will thank you for it too! (Did you know dried beans are much cheaper than canned.)

I hope you enjoy them, remember to leave me a star rating and tag me on social media if you make any of my recipes. Gracias!

Mexican Frijoles Negros Recipe

Mexican Frijoles Negros Recipe

Nancy Lopez & MexicanMadeMeatless.com
Frijoles negros, or black beans, are a staple of Mexican cuisine. You’re going to love my easy Mexican frijoles negros recipe! These beans are hearty, delicious, incredibly versatile and packed with plant-based protein — making them perfect for vegans and vegetarians alike.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 5 leaves epazote optional
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt adjust to taste
  • 6 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Pick through the dry beans and remove any dirt, debris, damaged beans or little stones.
    Picking Through Dry Black Beans
  • Rinse the beans under cold running water for a few minutes.
    How to Make Pressure Cooker Black Beans
  • Place beans inside the pressure cooker. Add the onion, garlic, epazote, salt into the pot. Pour in the water. Make sure it’s enough water to cover the beans by a few inches.
    How to Make Pressure Cooker Black Beans
  • Place the pressure cooker lid on the pot, set valve to Sealing. Select High Pressure and set time to 35 minutes.
  • Allow to naturally release pressure once finished cooking. Carefully open the pot away from your face.
    Mexican Black Beans in Instant Pot
  • Taste the beans for doneness and salt. Adjust as necessary.
    Mexican Frijoles Negro Recipe

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32 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love black beans but making them from scratch always seems so overwhelming! I’m totally going to try your recipe, it sounds easy AND tasty!

  2. 5 stars
    These cooked up perfectly in my Instant Pot!! It will be my go-to recipe for black beans from now on. Perfection!!!

  3. 5 stars
    These black beans are fantastic and made so easy in the pressure cooker . Simple ingredients enhance the natural flavor of the beans . This is something I will make over and over.

  4. 5 stars
    Taste Fantastic and so versatile. I filled mini pie cases for something different and topped with pulled pork. Was soooo good!

  5. 5 stars
    These beans came out great, with lots of flavor although I had to skip the epazote leaves because I couldn’t find them. I can’t wait to see what it’s like with them!

  6. 5 stars
    Black beans turn out wonderful in the pressure cooker and these were no exception. I do add all the salt at the very end once done cooking just to be sure I don’t oversalt them. Definitely a keeper recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    I’m a huge fan of beans, including, of course, black beans. I had epazote in my pantry. A friend of mine brought it from Mexico, so finally, I could use it. These are the best frijoles negros ever!

  8. 5 stars
    This was such a simple but delicious dish. Beans are one of my favorite ways to eat plant based protein.

  9. 5 stars
    Love beans in my cooking, and cooking beans from scratch I enjoy the most. These were so good in my burrito bowl.

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