Friday, May 9, 2014

Making ‘refried’ beans from scratch – a lot less fat and sodium and they are easy to make!

Do you know most canned refried beans are full of lard? That’s fat we do NOT need in our bodies! On top of that, they’re full of sodium. Yeah, they’re cheap, but do you realize that buying a bag of dried pinto beans is actually cheaper? A pound of dried pinto beans makes a lot of cooked beans – and 2 cups of cooked beans will make a lot of homemade ‘refried’ beans – without any lard and very little salt.
'Refried' beans made from scratch with pinto beans
This recipe is so easy it doesn’t need a list of ingredients or directions. Buy a bag of dried pinto beans. Cook them according to package directions. This will make a LOT of beans, so you may want to only cook half a bag the first time.

Once they’re cooked and nice and soft, drain them, but save about ½ to 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Mash the beans up in a big microwave safe bowl with some of the cooking liquid using a potato masher. No potato masher? Use a metal or wooden spoon. They don’t have to be mashed completely, they’re better if you leave a few whole ones and half mashed ones. If you like your refried beans thicker, don't use as much liquid. If you like them a little on the soupier side, use more cooking liquid.

Add some shredded cheese, cheddar is good, so is pepper jack – whatever you have on hand. Add a teaspoon of butter or margarine. Put the bowl in the microwave for a couple of minutes until the cheese and butter melt. Stir in a few dashes of Frank’s hot sauce (or whatever hot sauce you prefer) and salt to taste. Mix it all up, top with a little more shredded cheese, if desired.

Use with burritos, tacos or use as a dip, whichever suits your fancy!

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