New Mexican Style Quelites

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Recipe: #36569

March 03, 2021

"(Spinach with beans) made for lent without the bacon. served with tortillas They used fresh cooked pinto beans ,2 cups"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (347.3 g)
  • Calories 197.5
  • Total Fat - 9.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 17.4 mg
  • Sodium - 895.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.9 g
  • Sugars - 8.5 g
  • Protein - 11.6 g
  • Calcium - 156.3 mg
  • Iron - 4.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 51.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Drain and chop spinach

Step 2

Then set aside.

Step 3

Sauté onion and bacon in a medium-sized saucepan at medium heat in shortening

Step 4

Add spinach and tomato to onion and bacon and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Step 5

Mix in beans

Step 6

Sprinkle with crushed red chile pequin

Step 7

Heat to warm


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Be sure to thaw the frozen spinach before adding it to the recipe.
  • If you are looking for a vegetarian option, omit the bacon from the recipe.

  • Substitute black beans for pinto beans- this substitution adds a different flavor and texture to the dish, while still providing the same nutritional benefits.
  • Substitute olive oil for shortening- this substitution reduces the amount of saturated fat in the dish, making it a healthier option.

Vegan Variation Replace the bacon with 1/4 cup vegetable broth. Use vegan shortening instead of regular shortening. Omit the salt and add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika.

Mexican Street Corn: A classic Mexican side dish made with grilled corn, mayonnaise, chili powder, and cheese. The creamy, spicy, and cheesy flavors of the Mexican Street Corn will pair perfectly with the savory flavors of the New Mexican Style Quelites.

Chile Relleno: A traditional Mexican dish made with a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with cheese, battered and fried. This dish will provide a flavorful and crunchy contrast to the creamy and spicy Mexican Street Corn, making it a great side dish to complete the meal.


Q: Is this recipe vegetarian?

A: Yes, this recipe is vegetarian if you omit the bacon. The recipe can be made with just the beans, spinach, tomato, onion, and chile pequin.

Q: Can I substitute another type of bean?

A: Yes, you can use any type of beans you prefer. However, the cooking time may vary depending on the type of beans used. Be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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Fun facts:

The dish Quelites is a traditional Mexican dish, especially popular in the state of New Mexico. It is said to have been served to the Spanish conquistadors when they invaded Mexico.

Famous Mexican actor, Gael García Bernal, is known to have a great passion for Quelites. He often shares his favorite recipes for the dish on his Instagram account.