Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Homemade Refried Beans

Making these is soooo much easier than you think!  And a bonus, this is actually 2 recipes in one!
You will need:
3 cups dried pinto beans
3 tablespoons Greek seasoning
2 tablespoons Chili Powder
1 large onion
3 cloves garlic (grated)
(If you are making a simple pot of beans you can add ham or bacon pieces as well)
Add all ingredients to a pot and cover with water, bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium (or enough heat to maintain a steady boil)

DO NOT COVER pan but maintain boil for 3-4 hours, you will need to keep some water handy to add as it boils down.  Make sure the water level stays above the beans the entire time it is cooking.   (If you want to simply make a pot of pinto beans you are done at this point)
After the beans have cooked and are tender, strain the excess juice and add the beans to a frying pan, using a potato masher mash the beans up and heat through, making sure not to dry them out entirely.  Flavor the beans with additional salt, pepper or chili powder to taste.
That's it!  Nothing to it! 

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