Frijoles puercos (vegan recipe)

What are frijoles puercos? You can think of them as extra-loaded and spicy refried beans with chorizo, jalapeños, and melty cheese. I know this is the weirdest name, but it is a dish I grew up with and have always loved.

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About this recipe

Frijoles puercos (piggy beans in English) are a type of refried bean very popular in Northern Mexico, especially in Chihuahua, Sonora, and Sinaloa, where my mom is from.

The recipe varies depending on the Mexican state. The authentic version for my family, the one my grandma used to make, called for manteca (pork lard), chorizo, jalapeño, and lots of cheese.

This was one of my favorite recipes growing up, so I created a new healthy vegan version. I love vegan Mexican food!

When are frijoles puercos served?

They are usually served at parties where a taquiza is served or as a side dish for carne asada (bbq gathering) on the weekend.

Now I also serve them as a bean dip with homemade tortilla chips or use them to make sopes, tostadas, or when I’m craving a good taco.

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Ingredients for frijoles puercos

  • Mexican chorizo. I use soy chorizo, but the original recipe calls for pork chorizo.
  • Beans. Use pinto beans or black beans; use canned or home-cooked beans.
  • Diced jalapeños peppers in brine. Even though I have the recipe for homemade pickled japaleños on the blog, I use storebought ones for this recipe.
  • Cheese. Any vegan cheese that melts will work here.

how to make vegan frijoles puercos?

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the chorizo with a tablespoon of vegetable oil for about 10 minutes or until browned.
  • Blend the beans until creamy, and add water to the blender to make it run smoothly. Season lightly.
  • Pour the blended beans over the cooked chorizo, mix, and spoon the diced jalapeños out of the can. Try to remove some of the brine, but save it for later in case the beans feel dry.
  • Add the cheese and mix until melted.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to season the beans? There is no need to add more spices; Mexican chorizo is pretty well seasoned; use a good one.

What to do if the frijoles puercos are too thick? Thin them out with water, bean liquid, or the jalapeño brine.

How to store the loaded beans? Let them cool down before storing them in an airtight container in the fridge. If stored properly, they will last up to 5 days.

Can you freeze them? Wait until they cool down before placing them in a freezer-safe container. They will last up to 3 months.

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Frijoles puercos

Alejandra Graf
What are frijoles puercos? You can think of them as extra-loaded and spicy refried beans with chorizo, jalapeños, and melty cheese. I know this is the weirdest name, but it is a dish I grew up with and have always loved.
5 de 1 voto
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 257 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the beans:

  • 6 oz Mexican chorizo I use soy-chorizo
  • 2 cups cooked black beans it can also be 1 1/2 can
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 2-4 tablespoons chopped jalapeno peppers in brine
  • 7 oz cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet over medium heat cook the chorizo with a tablespoon of vegetable oil for about 10 minutes or until browned.
  • Blend th beans until creamy, add water to the blender to make it run smoothly. Season lightly.
  • Pour the blended beans over the cooked chorizo, mix, spoon the diced jalapeños out of the can. Try to remove some of the brine, but save it for later in case the beans feel dry.
  • Add the cheese and mix until melted.

Notes

Do I need to season the beans? There is no need to add more spices; Mexican chorizo is pretty well seasoned; use a good one.
What to do if the frijoles puercos are too thick? Thin them out with water, bean liquid, or the jalapeño brine.
How to store the loaded beans? Let them cool down before storing them in an airtight container in the fridge. If stored properly, they will last up to 5 days.
Can you freeze them? Wait until they cool down before placing them in a freezer-safe container. They will last up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 15gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 661mgPotassium: 236mgFiber: 5gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 534IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 256mgIron: 2mg
Keyword canned beans, vegan chorizo, vegan refried beans

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