Totonac-Style Beans with Pumpkin Seeds

Frijoles en Achulchut

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Zarela's Veracruz: Mexico's Simplest Cuisine

By Zarela Martínez

Published 2001

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Soledad Gómez Atzín, the eighty-seven-year-old matriarch of the family who run the House of Masks museum in Papantla, taught me this simple version of a traditional dish of the Totonac Indians. It features toasted pumpkin seeds lightly crushed in a mortar rather than ground to a paste as in most versions.

Good pork cracklings (chicharrones) are essential to the dish. If you don’t make your own — the best way — then buy them fresh from a Latin American butcher. Avoid the facto