Beans with Cumin Seed Recipe

  • Yield:

    8 servings

  • Total Time:

    10 hrs 15 mins

  • Prep Time:

    15 mins

  • Cook Time:

    10 hrs


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 2 ounces (60 g) salt pork or bacon, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons whole cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon black fine grind pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Step 1) Wash beans; cover with water and soak 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Step 2) Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large saucepan. Add half the salt pork and onion, cooking until pork is crisp. Add cumin seeds, garlic and black pepper. Drain beans; add to pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 2 hours until beans are tender. Add salt. Drain any remaining oil.
  3. Step 3) Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil, salt pork and onions in a small skillet and cook until pork is crisp. Add to beans and serve.
  4. Refried bean variation: Reserve cooking liquid. Heat remaining oil, salt pork and onions in a large skillet until pork is crisp. Add drained beans and mash with a wooden spoon to desired consistency. Add reserved liquid until mixture is creamy.