Homemade Black Refried Beans Recipe
A few months ago I had the privilege of helping prepare for a Mexican Fiesta. A few of my friends were invited to Mexican-native, Marta’s home early in the morning where she spent all day teaching us how to make traditional Mexican dishes such as chicken and pork tamales and refried beans. She spoke only a few words of English, and I speak even less Spanish, however–food has a way of bridging cultural gaps and our communication never lacked.
The fiesta was a blast, the food was AMAZING–much better than what I’ve had in restaurants, and the hand-made piñatas were a smashing success ;).
Before Marta taught me how to make refried beans, canned beans were always a staple in my pantry. But now that I’ve learned how EASY (and inexpensive) making refried beans can be, I love making my own and keeping a supply in the freezer for a quick Mexican-inspired side dish or meal.
Marta’s traditional recipe included lard, but in my re-make version I’ve opted to skip that step to make the beans healthier, instead adding flavor with extra seasonings. I also prefer the convenience of a slow cooker, but you can certainly cook your beans in a pot on the stovetop until they are tender. In this recipe I used black beans, but feel free to substitute pinto if you prefer.
Homemade Black Refried Beans
Pam @ Once a Month Mom
- 1 lb. dry black beans, rinsed and picked over
- 1.25 cups onion, chopped
- 2 TBSP garlic, minced
- 5 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 9 cups water
- 4 quart freezer bags or containers
Place onion, beans, garlic, salt, pepper, and water into a slow cooker. Cook on High for 8 hours, adding more water as needed. Once the beans have cooked, strain them, reserving the liquid. Mash the beans with a potato masher or puree in food processor or blender, adding the reserved water as needed to attain desired consistency. (I like to leave mine a bit chunky.)
Portion in freezer bags or containers, label, and freeze. To serve: Thaw and reheat in microwave or on stovetop. Serve as a side dish, burrito filling, with nachos, etc.
This Post will be linked at: