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Refried Beans

Refried beans in a fancy dish

Refried beans in a fancy dish

We had a refried beans success with this excellent recipe from Homesick Texan.  Bean burritos were on the dinner menu tonight.  I have to concur with the recipe author – the secret to a refried beans recipe success is cooking them with salt pork and bacon drippings.  Yikes!  We won’t be having this recipe on a regular basis due to the saturated fat content – but it’s a nice occasional treat.

I thought they tasted a little too bacon-y.  Some may wonder…why is bacon-y a problem? The kids took a small taste before dinner was served – I’ve never seen them so excited about having beans for dinner!  This recipe was loved by all.

Like the recipe specified, I used dried beans.  You can learn how to cook beans from dried, step-by-step from my video. For convenience, the recipe can also be started from canned pinto beans as Homesick Texan suggests.

My previous attempt at homemade refried beans was not successful – that was a vegetarian version.  I’m still on the the lookout for a successful vegetarian recipe that my children will love as much as this one.  This refried beans recipe from Rockin’ Robin’s looks very promising.

I think they other reason why the kids liked these refried beans so much is because

  • It had no spice (like cumin).  If you like spice, you might want to try this Emeril Lagasse Refried Beans recipe.
  • I let the kids make their own burritos. They spread the beans on a tortilla and got to choose their own toppings (cheese and sour cream). I also mixed some sour cream with diced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce for the adults.  Chipotle chiles are canned and can be found in the Mexican food section at your grocery store. It’s a quick way to get smoky spicy flavor into the sour cream.  Avocados, rice, and tomatoes also make great toppings.
  • I served the beans in a fancy dish…our daughter loved this.  It makes them look so special!

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4 thoughts on “Refried Beans

  1. BT

    Hi. Just spotted you through Essie’s blog. I haven’t explored your site much yet, but did see this post about refried beans. Moosewood cookbook has an excellent vegetarian recipe for refried beans. It’s either in the original Moosewood or the “more recipes from” Moosewood. See what you think.

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