New Mexican Style Quelites (Spinach with beans) – I am New Mexico

New Mexican Style Quelites (Spinach with beans)

(February 10, 2016)—If you’re looking for meals to make for Lent this year quelites is a traditional favorite that goes way back. If you want to make this New Mexican delicacy, then look no further.
New Mexican Style Quelites (Spinach with beans)
Yield: 4-6 servings
Cooking Time: Approximately 15 minutes

  • 1 1/2 pounds  washed fresh spinach or 10 ounces frozen spinach *
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed chile pequin
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 2 slices of bacon (omit if it’s Friday during Lent)
  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt

1. Wash spinach thoroughly and remove stem ends.

2. Put washed spinach in a large saucepan and steam for 10-12 minutes at medium heat.

3. Drain and chop spinach, then set aside.

4. Sauté onion and bacon in a medium-sized saucepan at medium heat. Add spinach and remaining ingredients to onion, bacon and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

6. Mix cooked whole beans with quelites, sprinkle with crushed red chile pequin.