Refried beans are a yummy addition to tacos, as a side dish, or as an appetizer with a little cheese on top.
They are also easy to make! You can customize the flavor by adjusting the spices.
● 1.5 lbs of dried beans
● water (for boiling beans)
● 1/2 tsp. onion powder
● 1 T garlic powder
● 2 tsp cumin
● 2 tsp paprika
● 1 T onion salt
●1/2 tsp chili powder
●1/2 tsp pepper
step one: boil your beans on the stove, I did not presoak these beans so I boiled them for 4 hours (they were done quicker but I wanted a softer bean so it would be easier to mash)
step two: drain the beans (saving the water), I use the same pot to then make my refried beans
**if you truly want refried beans you would want to add a bit of oil to your pot before putting the beans back in, you can omit the oil though, I did this time**
step three: pour 4 cups of beans into your pot (you will have leftovers, hold on to them or double this recipe)
step four: add all of your spice
step five: mash them! (I’m using a hand masher but you can use a blender)
If you didn’t double the recipe you’ll have leftover beans. I portion them out in 1.5-2 cup increments and put them in a zip lock bag that is labeled with the date. Take 1/2 cup of your bean boiling water that you saved and pour it in your bag. Place all of your quart sized dated bags inside a gallon sized bag labeled Pinto Beans. Now when a recipe calls for a can of pinto beans you just need to grab a bag out of your freezer supply!
Oh yeah and always wear an apron! Do you see that photo on the lower right? Three spots of juice just in the small area pictured! I love aprons! They are so versatile and keep me from constantly staining clothes.