strained beans or frijoles colados


Frijoles Colados or Strained Beans

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.

Strained Beans

Frijoles Colados

Recipe Yield

4 cups

Cooking time

8 minutes

Rate this recipe

5 from 1 vote


  • 1 portion basic bean puree (see basic pureed beans post)
  • 1/2 white onion chopped
  • 3 tablespoons safflower or corn oil
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste

To Prepare

  • 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.


7comments inFrijoles Colados or Strained Beans

  1. Debbie O.

    Apr 29

    I love your show & your enthusiasm. I want your homemade refried beans but as mentioned last year the link to only pulls up the yummy picture but that’s it, the page doesn’t move . Page won’t scroll down. Lol I’m fusyrated. I did find purreed brans but I’m not sure if they are basically the same except for thickness. Anyway I will continue to watch. I’m watching you 6 hr special on pbs. I like seeing other parts of Mexico and it’s food. My favorite was the street vendors. Thank you for sharing your recipes and yourself with family with ALL of your watchers & fans.

    1. Pati

      May 05

      Thank you for tuning in Debbie! Here is the recipe:

  2. Deb

    Dec 04

    Your links here to either bean recipe do not work anymore.? I will search your site for these titles.

    1. Pati

      Dec 13

      Oh no!! I will look into that right now! Thank you for pointing it out

  3. Troy

    Feb 03

    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.

    1. Pati

      Feb 04

      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.

  4. Inez Törnblom

    Aug 15

    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

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