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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Homemade Refried Beans

Step 1: Saute Onions and Garlic
Step 2: Add Beans (Soaked & Cooked)
Step 3: Add Spices
Step 4: Add water if necessary. Simmer
Step 5: Finished Product. Not pretty, but pretty tasty :)
We have started eating more beans in our house lately. Not only are they Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free and Egg Free they are an inexpensive source of protein!
I buy dried beans and I soak and then cook up a huge batch and then freeze them in 3 or 4 cup portions. Way cheaper then even buying No Name canned beans :) (For example I spent less then $6 buying dried beans and got 18 cups of cooked beans. This would have cost me just over $14  buying No Name canned!)
This recipe is from The Prairie Homestead and it is so tasty! I have made this recipe so many times in the last few weeks that I have it memorized already! I make a batch of this and mix it with 1lb (or less!) of hamburger meat and we have taco salad. It makes enough for supper for 4, plus several lunches. Very economical and so flavourful!
Ok, enough ranting...more recipe-ing (that's a word right?)

4 cups cooked black beans (I add them with their bean broth)
4 T. butter/Margarine/Oil
1 cup chopped onion
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. black pepper
Water, Bean Broth or Milk 

Saute onions and garlic in butter (or margarine or oil) until soft and tender. Add beans. Add Spices. Add water if your mixture is too dry. You want have it simmer, so some moisture is required. Simmer for 20 minutes (covered). Mash with potato masher, adding more water as necessary depending on the texture you want. Enjoy! Mix with hamburger meat, or eat plain topped with cheese or anything else you desire!

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