Homemade Refried Beans. Versatile and seasoned as you like! Enjoy the flavor of beans fried in bacon fat. Delicious!
Way WAY back in the day I lived about two years in a tiny cabin in the woods. No running water, no electricity… or phone(way before cell phones). No front door or steps, or even an outhouse for several months! An amazing adventure in living!
I did have one essential tool though. I had a 1920 era Mc Clary’s wood Cook stove in perfect working condition.
That stove did everything for us. Heated the cabin, our water (hauled in by five gallon buckets); cooked our food and heated the water for washing dishes, and us! The first year it even heated the green, wet wood, (to dry it out) it would burn to perform all it’s wonderful duties.
Those were interesting times for me, fresh out of the city. That was a time full of learning about a new rhythm of living. It was in that cabin I learned to use everything, even my bacon fat, and leave as little to attract rodents and other undesirables, to our cabin in the woods. I had some old cookbooks that taught me to cook everything from scratch, including homemade refried beans, and that is what I did.
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I always had a pot of beans bubbling on the wood stove. Next day I would decide what to do with them. If bacon fat was sitting in my cast iron frying pan, refried beans was often on the menu! Full of fiber and nutrients and really really cheap! Pinto beans make sense when stretching a dollar, as I was! I didn’t often have all the trimmings to do a Mexican meal. But refried beans are so good all you really need is a fork, and maybe some shredded cheese.
If you do have the trimmings these make an excellent meal with burritos, Taquitos or enchiladas. Use them in the recipe, or as a side. Yummy either way! I made these yesterday for Beef Taquitos with homemade Flour Tortillas and took them to a tailgate party. You see… I had this frying pan of bacon fat and some dried pinto beans…. delicious results. Those Taquitos and refried beans disappeared fast!
Here’s How to Make Homemade Refried Beans:
- Soak your Pinto beans in a large pot of water overnight.
- Next morning, drain out the water, add fresh water to cover your soaked beans (this helps to reduce the gaseous side effects) and turn them up to boil.
- Keep an eye on your boiling beans and add water as necessary so they don’t get dry.
- When they are tender, drain your beans.
- Cut an onion, pepper and garlic up fine and throw them into the bacon fat(more bacon fat equals more flavor). Cook them on medium a couple of minutes and then add your drained beans.
- Let the beans cook with supervision and keep turning them over until they start to mush up. Add water as necessary to keep the beans moist so they won’t stick.
- When the beans start to break down it’s time to mush them up. You can use a fork, a potato masher or anything you have to mush up those beans and keep frying them and season to taste.
- Keep cooking them until they are as soft and mushy as you like. Totally pureed, like the canned stuff your used to may require a blender; if you want them really smooth. We like ours with some texture, so do as you please and Enjoy those beans!