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The Frijoles Colados or Strained Beans, are what the Yucatecans call Frijoles de Olla that have been pureed and then seasoned by being cooked in sauteed onion. They are cooked just for a couple minutes as they season. So its like a gently seasoned and lightly thickened Bean Puree.

They are like a dish made in between the Bean Puree and the Refried Beans. If you continue to cook the Frijoles Colados, you get to a consistency of a smooth version of Refried Beans.

Makes about 4 cups

1 portion basic bean puree
1/2 white onion, chopped
3 tablespoons safflower or corn oil
Kosher or sea salt to taste

In a large saute pan over medium heat, pour the oil and heat until hot but not smoking, about 1 to 2 minutes.  Add the onions and let them saute for 3 to 4 minutes, until they have softened, become translucent, and have started to slightly brown along the edges.

Add a cupful of the basic bean puree at a time, over the sauteed onion, and let them season for 3 to 4 minutes.


I turned to you because I need to know how to make refried beans tasty without using any animal fat or other animal ingredient.
But you seem to take for granted we all know how to make refried beans already. HELP! Muchas gracias! Inez

First of all, I like watching your show Patti. I like it’s authenticity and you make it interesting. For the comment above, the bean puree you add is your beans after they have been washed, soaked and cooked until soft and the pureed.

Thank you, Troy!! And, yes, my bean puree is the beans cooked with onions until soft, add salt, once thoroughly cooked, remove the onion and puree.

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