Guatemalan Black Beans: Part II

I’m glad you all enjoyed Part I of the Guatemalan Black Bean Saga.  Here’s part II:

But first another picture from Guatemala…

Me in front of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala on a very hazy day!

Once you’re tired of eating whole beans, you can use your left overs and make some refried beans!  Growing up we had refried black beans, eggs and tortillas for breakfast on weekends.  It’s still one of my favorite breakfasts (and I LOVE breakfast food).  Soo good!

Frijoles Volteados:

2 cups Cooked Black Beans (Reserve some of the liquid)
1/2 small onion diced (optional I didn’t use any)
1/2 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste

Step one: add as much beans as you want to make in the blender (I recommended two cups above but I only had about a cup).  Add a little bit of the liquid and blend until smooth, almost like a thick soup.  (You can stop here if you want to enjoy some frijoles licuados, essentially a black bean soup).

Step two: Dice your onion into small pieces.  Heat 1/2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan on medium to high heat. Add onions to heated pan, cook til onions are cooked through.  Skip this step if you choose not to use onions as I did

Step three: add blended beans to the pan.  Stir until thick (this will take about 10 minutes), watch out for splashing beans!  They burn!  (My mom warns me about this every single time I tell her that I make these).

Then as they thicken, it’ll start to separate from the pan, once you shake the pan and they form a solid log shape, turn them onto a plate.  You can slice it with a butter knife to serve… Doesn’t look very cute, but tastes delicious!

Step four: Enjoy with scrambled eggs, tortillas and sour cream or queso fresco!

I wish I had nice thick corn tortilla and plantains.  Unfortunately in upstate NY, they’ve only heard of flour tortillas and plantains don’t exist (I keep meaning to check the Asian market to double check this).

Once you try these, you’ll never want to buy a can of refried beans again!

In Other News… In case you hadn’t noticed… this site is now officially!  Woo!


14 thoughts on “Guatemalan Black Beans: Part II

  1. ginamastrog says:

    They do have plantains at Wegmans! A friend and I did a project presentation for French class, and we made a recipe using plantains – check it ouut, my friend! Also, I like your outfit in your picture from Guatemala! 🙂

  2. Anna says:

    Cute shoes!

    I’ve never seen this before; it looks really good! I definitely want to try this. Also, your eggs look PERFECT– mine never look that good! Do you have some sort of secret recipe? 😉

    • Karla says:

      Haha actually I cheated. It’s half a cup of Wegman’s brand egg beaters with nothing added, no salt nothing, just a spray of olive oil/pam to keep it from sticking. But I did learn a few tips from this video…

      High heat I think is the trick. I use a wooden spoon not master skillet like she does!

  3. balancejoyanddelicias says:

    black beans “pancake”??? how awesome!!! never seen this before, now I definitely want to recreate it, maybe using aduki bean to make it sweet instead of savory? 😀

  4. Erin says:

    This is AMAZING… I was in Guatemala this summer and couldn’t get enough of these beans! I’m also in upstate NY where you don’t get to eat too many of the foods that were so delicious in Guatemala! Thanks for sharing the recipe

  5. cliff says:

    I spent about a year and a half in Guatemala and 7 or 8 months in Belize. I couldn’t get enough of the refried black beans. Thank you so much for posting this!! I still love to make Guatemalan breakfasts and make my own corn tortillas by hand. Add a little sour cream to these and eat them with a mouthful of thick hot corn tortillas and your in heaven.

  6. Paul Hogue says:

    Thanks for posting this. I was in Guatemala last year and became hooked on it. I have discovered the Ducal brand refried black beans, which is a Guatemalan brand and tastes okay. I just made yours this morning and they are really good, though I am cooking the beans a little longer with a touch of bacon fat. I wonder if the brand of dry black beans makes a difference?

  7. wifemotherdaughterfriend says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. Sounds exactly like how the Guatemalan family I lived with made them. To get the thick corn tortillas I make them myself using Maseca corn flour. Taste almost like the real thing.

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