Refried beans are a necessary staple of any mexican/tex mex themed meal. They're also the kind of food that seems better the next day even though it was already excellent. Confession - this is a cheater's way of making refried beans - I had forgotten to buy beans and soak them over night, etc, etc, so I bought 2 cans of pinto beans and just went from there. If you're a better cook than me, buy real beans, do all of your bean things to them, and then just pick up where I say 'empty your can of beans into a pot' and shake your head with shame. In theory you could simply fry up your beans and give 'em a mash, and that would be that. BUT obviously beanz are better with some onion, garlic, and jalapeno.
2 cans of pinto beans (note: you can also use black beans if you'd like)
1 tbsp of oil (I think I used canola)
1/2 cup of minced onion
1-3 minced jalapeno peppers (these are optional I guesss.. I used 2 but you can use more depending on how badass you like your beans)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4-1/3 cup of water
some cayenne, cumin, pepper, salt, garlic powder, you can add whatever you likkke (heeeyyy!)
other things you will need:
pot for making yo' beanz
a good sturdy fork/potato masher
- toss your oil into your pot along with your onion and sautee until the onion starts to soften.
- add your garlic and your jalapeno, and cook for another couple minutes until it starts to get fragrant and yummy.
- throw in about 1 cup of your and give em a good mash with your fork/masher. Let them cook for a few minutes. Add the rest of your beans and do any additional mashing you think necessary. I like to have some bean-like shapes left behind, so I only mash about 1/3 of my beans, but go to town.
- add your spices and seasoning. Stir and adjust to taste
- At this point your beans will be getting fairly hot and cooked. You'll want to add a little bit of water and stir it in - about 2 tbsp. Let the beans cook for another 2 minutes or so.
- Repeat the water process if necessary - you don't want bean soup, but you want them a litttttle mushier than just beans. Remember - your beans will 'harden up' once they're done, so don't worry if you think you added a little more water than necessary.
- salt yo' beanz. Beans generally take some salting. Make sure you do this gradually as nothing is worse than too much salt (bleh!).
- Serve as a side to any mexican type food (see: chimiiiiichangaaaas).
- BEANS FOR ALL!