Recipe by: Irene Lechevalier

Source: Traditional (commonly known) Costa Rican recipe

Serves: 6

Frijoles Molidos is very common in Costa Rica, where I am from. Because the chipotle chilies come from Mexico, this is more of a Latin American dish. You can have it as a snack with coffee or even in a quesadilla in a corn tortilla (see separate recipe) with mozzarella cheese.

Irene Lechevalier's Latin American Frijoles Molidos
Irene Lechevalier’s Latin American Frijoles Molidos


  • 2 cans (2 x 560 g) black beans*
  • 1 small white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp coriander
  • ¼ red capsicum, roughly chopped
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 tsp chipotle chilis (see photo in attached file) *


  • Drain the water from the black beans.
  • In a blender, blitz the beans, onion, capsicum and sugar.
  • Add the chili and quickly blend.
  • Taste and adjust with seasoning or with coriander / sugar / chilies as you see fit.

* Can get this brand of Mexican black beans and chipotles at Belmonte Latin Foods, 5 Ridgewood close, # G5 Ridgewood Condo (retail wing), SG 276696. You may also be able to find the chipotles at some Cold Storage stores.

Download PDF here: IMAGE FROM WEB Latin American Frijoles Molidos (Mashed Beans) Irene Lechevalier