Beans are a timeless expression of culture and a healthy, delicious way to express ones history and identity. Consuming traditional bean dishes is a way of reconnecting to ones ethnic heritage. However, many people consume beans for the health benefits like the fact that they are a low fat vegetable and are high in fiber. Beans are also packed with protein and are full of
energy-sustaining complex carbohydrates.

Most local restaurants have a bean dish of some kind ranging from whole pinto beans, to green beans, to black beans and a variation in the preparation of each. The following three local restaurants caught our attention for the simple delicious way they prepare their beans.


Frijoles Borrachos (left)

La Nueva Casita
La Nueva Casita prepares their beans with chorizo, cilantro and other spices. More of a bean soup, the Frijoles Borrachos are served in a separate bowl. The soup is where all the flavor is and that flavor is really what sets these beans aside.

195 N. Mesquite St.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 523 5434


Black Beans (center)

La Iguana
Black beans are popular in South American countries, but La Iguana does an excellent job pairing them with a variety of entrees. The smoothness of the black beans goes well with the eclectic menu served at this casual yet upscale bistro.

139 N. Main St.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 523 8550


Pinto Beans (right)

La Posta
The whole beans served at La Posta are like those one would prepare at home. They have a natural flavor and can accompany just about any Mexican dish. They can also be mashed to make refried beans and
bean burritos.

2410 Calle de San Albino
Mesilla, NM 88046
(575) 524 3524


Summer 2011
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