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Homemade Refried Beans

Submitted by: suzanne-mcminn on June 14, 2010
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Homemade Refried Beans

Refried beans are such a common convenience product in a can, it’s easy to forget how much better they are homemade. Homemade refried beans are cheaper than cheap and you get to make use of your fresh garden veggies, so they’re much more nutritious.

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Difficulty: Easy

Servings: about 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups dry pinto beans
1/4 cup vegetable oil or bacon grease
1 tomato, diced
1/2 of a small onion, minced
2 jalapeno or banana peppers, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
cayenne pepper (optional)
salt


Directions

Rinse and drain beans. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and soak for one hour (with the lid on the pot). Rinse and drain again then cover with water in the same pot and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, another one to two hours, until tender. Drain (reserve liquid).


In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil or bacon grease. Add tomato, onion, peppers, garlic powder, cumin and cayenne pepper (a little, a lot, up to you!); saute on medium-low until onion and peppers are soft (about 15 minutes).

Continuing to cook, add drained beans, seasoning with salt to taste. Using a potato masher, mash beans in the skillet, adding cooking liquid from the beans as needed.

Once beans are mashed and well-blended, turn off heat.

Categories: Beans, Grains & Rice

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  1. 12-10
    4:50
    am

    I’m not sure what they put in those cans at the grocery store but they’re a far cry from this recipe. I don’t even like refried beans, never tough the stuff however my DH is a connoisseur and when the pantry was bare I decided to make this for him and in doing so he was delighted and I’ve been converted. Thank you for sharing this, it’s so easy and now I have to go make some tacos, excuse me…

  2. 12-10
    3:35
    pm

    Wondering if anyone has ever tried the “instant” refried beans made by grinding dried beans similar to this link: http://www.budget101.com/side-dish-mixes/instant-refried-beans-mix-1479.html

    Some recipes call for the beans to be put into the oven for a bit before grinding. Anyone?

  3. 12-10
    11:33
    pm

    Can’t wait to read the results! I would have tried it myself, but I am (currently) without a grinder, except for the fancy one that is reserved only for coffee! Hoping to find a small grinder on our next trip to the big city in January.

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