How to Make Refried Beans

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”

Easy Refried Beans with Pinto and Kidney 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
Serves: 4

Tip: For a more flavorful and authentic variation, substitute bacon grease for the olive oil in this recipe.

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