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Refried Pinto Beans

Last Modified: 01/22/08
First Published: 11/08/07
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Why in the world would you buy canned refried beans when it's so easy to make your own. If yourefried_beans already have some cooked pinto beans on hand (either cook up a large batch in advance and freeze portions - or use canned), then this dish will be done in no-time and the result is more than satisfying.

Refried beans are not actually fried like the name indicates, but “twice cooked”. Smooth, flavorful and comforting, these beans are perfect serve in a variety of ways. 

We saute our cooked beans in some butter or oil (or preferably lard which lends an extra rich flavor) along with some onion, garlic and spices. A little bit of cumin goes a long way and compliments the beans perfectly. These refried beans are great either as a dip with chips, or on top of rice with some salsa for a meal.

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General Info
Servings: 6
Total Cost: $2.45
Cost Per Serving: $0.41
Total Calories: 617
Calories/Serving: 103
Pinto Beans, Dry 2 Cups 584.00 Grams $1.94 360
Butter, Unsalted 2 Tablespoons 28.00 Grams $0.13 200
Onion, Yellow Diced 1/2 Cup 80.00 Grams $0.18 34
Garlic 1 Tablespoon 8.50 Grams $0.04 13
Water 1 Cup 227.00 Grams $0.00 0
Cumin, Ground 1/2 Teaspoon 1.05 Grams $0.07 4
Chili Powder 1/2 Teaspoon 1.25 Grams $0.08 4
Onion Powder 1/4 Teaspoon 0.57 Gram $0.01 2
Cayenne Pepper 1/8 Teaspoon 0.22 Gram $0.01 1
Salt, Kosher 1 Teaspoon 4.80 Grams $0.01 0

2 cups cooked pinto beans (preferably home cooked)
2 tablespoons of butter or oil
½ onion, diced finely
1 garlic clove, minced
about 1 cup of water
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon chili pepper
¼ teaspoon dried onion powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Saute the onion in butter or oil until translucent. Add the beans and the garlic, saute for a few more minutes then add the water. Bring up to a simmer, add the spices. Start mashing some of the beans against the side of the pan with a sturdy fork or a potato masher. Mash as much as you like, depending on how thick you want your beans. If they are too thick, then add some more water. Taste and see if you need to add any more salt or spices.

Sprinkle some cheese on top and serve with salsa and sour cream.