Have you been wondering how to make refried beans without being a slave to the stove? Do you want some good flavor to accentuate your favorite dishes? When my sister and I were living together, she used to make a lot of Mexican meals from scratch and she taught me a lot. I always loved her beans and eventually had her tell me how she did them. Then I made my own adaptations to fit my own palate. So here you go.
Note: To truly cook refried beans from scratch, you need to start with a bag of pinto beans and boil them on the stove for a couple of hours until they are soft. Time can range anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours or more. When I have a craving for refried beans, I don’t usually feel like waiting quite that long. So I choose to use canned beans. I also like the taste of the canned beans a little bit more, but add enough of my own flavor. Continue reading “How to Make Refried Beans”
Who says you have to keep on making your favorite dishes exactly the same way? Traditionally, refried beans are made from pinto beans. This version also incorporates red kidney beans for an interesting alternative for something just a little bit different. It’ll give your snacks and meals a different flavor, plus add a little bit of color.
This quick and easy recipe is perfect for busy weeknight meals or whenever you want a healthy, meatless side dish for your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex entrees. Use it in some of my other upcoming recipes that are coming soon!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Tip: For a more flavorful and authentic variation, substitute bacon grease for the olive oil in this recipe.
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A fresh batch of salsa verde is the perfect accompaniment to all kinds of meals from breakfast to dinner, from eggs to enchiladas or chicken. Stir it into your soup or chili for a flavorful kick or serve it as a dipping sauce with tortilla chips. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination and this salsa verde recipe is quick and easy to make. It’s done in well under an hour and this batch is enough for about four to six people. Double or triple as needed! You can also put the extra in the freezer for later, but I doubt you’ll have a lot of leftovers.
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What is salsa verde?
You’re probably most familiar with a more “traditional” salsa, which is usually red in color thanks to its tomato base. It can range in heat from a mild to a spicy flavor. Verde is Spanish for green. As you can see, most of the ingredients in this recipe are also green in color. The base is tomatillos.
Ingredients for salsa verde:
You should be able to easily find all of these ingredients at your local grocery store. When the weather permits, though, I highly recommend checking out your local farmers markets to get the freshest and tastiest ingredients. Or you can even grow them in your own garden! You’ll need the following:
- 1 lb tomatillos
- 2 medium jalapeno peppers
- 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
- 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 1/4 c fresh cilantro leaves (Use less if you have the “soap gene,” of course.)
- 1/4 c fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 T. honey (optional)
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
How to make salsa verde:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.
- Husk the tomatillos and cut them in half.
- Arrange the halved tomatillos in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet, along with the whole jalapeno peppers and garlic cloves. Drizzle them with olive oil and gently toss to coat.
- Place the baking sheet of vegetables in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are tender. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for several minutes.
- Once cooled, cut the jalapenos in half and remove all of the seeds.
- Transfer the roasted vegetables to a blender or food processor.
- Add green onions, cilantro, lime juice, ground cumin, and oregano. Pulse the ingredients until they are combined, but keep the mixture somewhat chunky.
- Add honey for sweetening if needed. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately or freeze for later.
Homemade meatballs are a fabulous food. You can make them out of so many different kinds of meats. They work as part of a main dish or even work as an appetizer for a party or watching the big game. Today I have three different types of meatball recipes for you, to mix up your traditional routine.
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