Northern Taste

Last week the temperatures were so low in this part of the world that all we wanted to eat were hot soups and stews. So that was the perfect time to try a bean recipe I ate in Sinaloa (a northwestern Mexican sate) many years ago while I was working there. It was called frijoles rancheros (something like rancher beans). That dish was very spicy and was served with huge homemade flour tortillas that tasted delicious in that remote part of the world. I don’t think I had had it again until I tried to duplicate it in my kitchen this time.

I don’t exactly remember everything in the original dish so I used the Internet to assist my bad memory. I only remembered that it had hot dogs in it. It is common in Mexico to eat hot dogs in more ways than just in buns. It took Jon awhile to accept that, but he doesn’t complain about it anymore. The other night he even asked me to prepare a hot dog and broccoli stew.


Frijoles Rancheros
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 8-10
  • •4-5 cups pinto or black beans, cooked
  • •1 onion, chopped
  • •2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • •8 hot dogs, cut in wedges
  • •1 bell pepper, cubed
  • •1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • •4 slices bacon, cut up
  • •1 tsp oregano
  • •½ tsp ground ancho chile or any kind of chile
  • •cilantro, salt and pepper to taste
  • •1 avocado
  1. In a large pot heat the beans until they start boiling.
  2. Reduce heat and let them simmer. They should be watery. Add water or chicken broth if necessary.
  3. In a large skillet sauté onion and garlic.
  4. Add hot dogs, bell pepper, jalapeno and bacon and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
  5. Carefully add the contents of the skillet to the pot.
  6. Add oregano, ground chile, salt and pepper.
  7. Cover and cook over low heat for about 45 minutes.
  8. Serve with cilantro and avocado and enjoy.


This was a tasty and spicy dinner that kept us warm for a while. You may replace the hot dogs with chorizo or just bacon and add or reduce the amount of chiles to your taste. Some recipes I found online used tomatoes or tomato paste. I decided not to use any, but next time I will definitely add some.

Buen provecho!


frijoles rancheros


  • Wow, Ben. That sounds like a great recipe. I love that picture with the big chunks of avocado. I love avocado. Who doesn’t?

    I like the new design of your blog…and that picture of you is great, too. I like to see what the people look like behind the blog.

    • I love avocado, too. Eating it is like eating healthy, and natural butter. And thank you for your compliments I’ve worked really hard on the blog I’m glad you like it.

  • You are bringing back memories of raising my boys. We always had hot dogs on hand, and they were cut up and put in so many different dishes…mac & cheese, chili mac, with BBQ sauce, you name it. But I’ve never thought of cooking them like this. I think I could eat anything with avocados. Well, except maybe peanutbutter…ew.

    • I don’t think hot dogs and peanut butter would be a nice combination. Hehehe. But yeah, eating hot dogs in many different combinations is something I learned from my mom. I am not sure if that is a big thing in Mexico, but it was in our house.

  • We’ve been very cold in this part of the world too. I agree, the avocado looks delicious in this dish. Maybe I’ll try it, to get warm in these cold days.

    Lots of hugs. I like the new design too!!

    • I heard it was very cold in Mexico City. Not as cold as it gets up here, but people down there are not used to such low temperatures. The weather is acting really crazy now :S

  • Mmmm…sounds inviting. I personally would have to use chorizo. I love the sound of this Ben.

    • Chorizo works better with this dish. I used hot dogs because 1) I was out of chorizo and 2) I wanted to do prepare it like I ate it that time in Sinaloa. It is a really good dish.

  • Mmmmmmm, I’m not a huge hot dog fan but this looks delicious.

    (And I can’t even imagine trying to clean up a cat who jumps into a plate of french toast!!! Syrup and everything? Yikes).

    • You could try sausage or chorizo. I believe the original recipe calls for chorizo, I just didn’t have any at hand that day.

      Hehe, and my cat got it good that day. She loves to jump to where she is not supposed to. She thinks she is some kind of queen or something.

  • Qué bueno!!!! It looks great, Ben. Mmmmm. And I love the second picture. As Emiline, I also love avocado.

    • Thank you Núria. I have been playing with my camera trying to get better pictures. I believe it’s starting to pay off.

      And I agree with you, avocados are great. I could eat them everyday!

  • Frijoles rancheros…

    This dish comes from the Northern states of Mexico and it is great for cold weather….

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