101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: Homemade Refried Beans

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Homemade Refried Beans

Homemake Refried Beans from 101 Cooking For Two
A wonderful side dish for any Mexican meal with great taste that is so easy and healthy. What could be better? No disgusting cans of pasty beans for you.

I have always loved refried beans but only some the restaurant versions not those cans. Then the idea of lard just does something to my arteries. Plus the term "refried" has put my Gringo tail off. So now I know that  frijoles refritos really means "well-fried beans", not "refried beans". "Fry" has nothing to do with it.

I love cooking Mexican at home but my side dishes are lacking. I make a great guacamole but really not much else. Now I have another side for Mexican night. As an extra plus, it uses things I have on hand and I LOVE IT.

Based on a Food Network / Ellie Krieger recipe  that has a solid 5 star rating I did only a few minor changes. Many of the comments felt there was too much broth making the beans too thin. I think the recommended 2/3 cup of broth is just right but adjust to your preferred texture.

Rating:
I do love refried beans...

Notes
I really think you can do anything you want with this recipe. After all a recipe is just a guide. The original has cilantro which we don't like but I did put it in as an option. Add some jalapeno for some heat, use black beans or anything else you want.

 Start with things you always have on hand.
Heat 2 t oil over medium high heat. Chop 1/2 medium onion finely and add to the oil. Cook until starting to clear, about 3 minutes. Then add 1 t chili powder and 2 cloves of minced or crushed garlic. Cook 1-2 more minutes.
Drain and rinse one 15 oz. can of pinto beans. Add the beans and 2/3 cup of chicken or vegetable broth. Also salt and pepper to taste. I did 1/2 t kosher salt and 1/4 t pepper and it was just right for us.
Continue over medium to medium high heat until beans are completely heated, about 5 minutes. Now just mash with a potato masher to the consistency you want. You can add more broth if needed. Option: add 2 T chop cilantro here and stir in if desired.
Homemake Refried Beans from 101 Cooking For Two
My heart skips a beat... in a good way.



Homemade Refried Beans


A wonderful side dish for any Mexican meal with great taste that is so easy and healthy. What could be better? No disgusting cans of pasty beans for you.
Ingredients
  • 2 t Oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or crushed
  • 1 - 15 oz can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1/2 t kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 t pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 T chopped cilantro (optional)
Instructions
1) Heat 2 t oil over medium high heat. Chop 1/2 medium onion finely and add to the oil. Cook until starting to clear, about 3 minutes. Then add 1 t chili powder and 2 cloves of minced or crushed garlic. Cook 1-2 more minutes.2) Drain and rinse one 15 oz. can of pinto beans. Add the beans and 2/3 cup of chicken or vegetable broth. Also salt and pepper to taste. I did 1/2 t kosher salt and 1/4 t pepper and it was just right for us.3) Continue over medium to medium high heat until beans are completely heated, about 5 minutes.4) Now just mash with a potato masher to the consistency you want. You can add more broth if needed. Option: add 2 T chop cilantro here and stir in if desired.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings

Updated

October 3 2013

Dan Mikesell

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3 Comments:

At September 15, 2013 at 2:32 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

I like to add a couple of spoonfuls of mild Old El Paso chopped green chilies...not much heat, just a little tang.

 
At September 15, 2013 at 10:23 AM , Blogger Dan Mikesell said...

I had a can of chilies in my hands but decided to "cook it straight" for the blog first.

 
At September 16, 2013 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Chris said...

This sounds really good, especially adding the chiles.

 

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