I so love re-fried beans. There easily made right in your own home. No need to eat from a can full of preservative again.
Ingredients: Serves 4 people
- 8 ounces of dried Pinto Beans
- 1/2 onion, minced
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 quart chicken broth
- 1 Tb bacon grease, if you don’t have bacon grease use salted butter
Your dried pinto beans will need to soak over night. So here’s the method for that. Rinse your dried Pinto Beans thoroughly. Pick out and discard any stones, debris or discolored beans. Place the beans in a large bowl, cover with cold water. The water needs to be at least 2 inches above the beans. Let them sit over night in the water and until you are ready to cook them.
After the beans have soaked over night, drain and rinse again. Place the beans in a large heavy bottom pot. Add the onion, garlic and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover with a lid and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Stir occasionally. The beans are done cooking when they become tender and soft enough to mash with a fork. Using a colander resting over a large bowl, drain the liquid away from the beans. Don’t throw the liquid away as you will use it for the re-frying of the beans.
Place the bacon grease in the pot you cooked the beans in. Over medium heat melt the bacon grease. Add back all of the simmered beans and 1/2 cup of the reserved liquid. Now using a potato masher, mash the Pinto beans until you reach your desired consistency. Add more liquid as needed. I generally use all of the liquid. Shoot, I forgot to photograph that stage. (If you’re mashing them now and serving them later you may want to reserve some of your liquid as when you rewarm the re-fried beans you may need to add some back as they tend to thicken as they sit. But if needed you can add more chicken stock.)
Portion out the beans, top with some shredded cheese or a small amount of sour cream or both. I like to use the re-fried beans as a bed for my tamales and enchiladas.
Suggestions: If you want to spice up your re-fried beans add half a seeded, minced jalapeno in with the onion. Want a more mild tasting re-fried beans? Try adding 1 teaspoon of ground fresh Mexican Oregano and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin as you are mashing the beans. Note: the oregano brings a bit of sweetness to the beans.