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Frijoles Puercos (Piggy Beans)

Frijoles Puercos (Piggy Beans)

Every time I cook this dish, it always takes me back to my childhood, to my grandma’s house. My mum is from Culiacan, Sinaloa, so a lot of the recipes we cook at home are Sinaloa style. The recipe is a very comforting dish, not for the faint hearted as I have to admit that it is not that healthy, but I can assure you one thing, it is well delicious!

The chorizo gives a smoky nice flavour to the beans and it seems that even though the recipe has a lot of ingredients, they all mix very well together. In my family we usually make this dish when we do tamales or in special occasions, that’s why you should see it as a little treat and as we say in Mexico, “una vez al año no hace daño” (once a year it won’t do any harm). So if you are fan of chorizo, this is definitely a dish for you, it goes so well as a side dish or starter and believe me, this recipe takes refried beans to another level! 😉

Frijoles Puercos (Piggy Beans)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 21 minutes

Category: Pork, Side dishes

Frijoles Puercos (Piggy Beans)


  • 3 cups cooked pinto beans
  • 3 cooking chorizo sausages chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 rashes bacon chopped (optional)
  • 1 smoked chipotle chilli (if you can handle heat add 2)
  • 1/2 cup grated mature cheddar
  • 2 tbsp chopped jalapeños in brine
  • 1 cup pitted green olives
  • Maldon salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp fried chopped chorizo
  • 5 olives
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion, once the onion is transparent add the chorizo and bacon (if you are using) and cook for around 10 min, then add the beans and continue cooking for 5 min or until the beans are hot.
  2. Transfer the mix to a blender, add the chipotle chilli and blend until getting a smooth consistency.
  3. Then pour the mix back into the saucepan and add the chopped jalapeños, cheddar and olives. Season with a bit of Maldon salt if necessary. Cook for 5 more min.
  4. Serve it in a bowl and scatter the fried chorizo pieces, olives and coriander, enjoy it with corn tortilla chips or bread.
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