Thursday, August 21, 2014

(Not From a Can) Refried Beans

Because Mexican food is my absolute favorite food in the whole wide world, I make it a lot at home.  We eat Mexican food a few times a week.  I make refried beans often.  I use to be intimidated by the thought of preparing refried beans but once I made it, I realized how easy it was. I make a big batch and leave it in the fridge.  The kids like to make themselves nachos or burritos for lunch.  I like having fresh food on hand for them to help themselves.  When we buy processed foods from the store, we don't always know what we are getting.  This recipe has only a few simple ingredients and you know what's in it because you made it!  It cost less too!!

(Not From a Can) Refried Beans
  • 2 cups uncooked pinto beans
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup bacon drippings 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2-3 jalapenos or serrano chiles, sliced 
  • salt to taste


~Rinse beans and check for debris. 
~Place beans in a large pot and fill with water. 
~Add bay leaves. 
~Bring beans to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 2 hours. 
  If water level gets low, replace with more hot water. 
~When beans are soft, remove bay leaves and heat a large pan with    bacon drippings. 
~Cook the jalapenos or serrano chiles until browned. 
~Using a slotted spoon, add in 1/2 cup of beans and mash with a potato masher or use your food processor (if you have one).
~If the mixture seems thick, add a tablespoon of the cooking liquid   from the beans.
~Continue to add beans and mash them together, adding liquid if    needed. 
~Add garlic powder and salt to taste. 


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