Thursday, January 13, 2011

Refried Beans

Okay, so I love and I mean love... bean and cheese burritos, but until recently I had never made my own refried beans. I generally get the Rosarita vegetarian ones. However, a while back, one of my brothers was making some, then I had talked to a few friends who had too and I figured it was time I made some. I think I was always intimidated or maybe just lazy... I never liked the idea of having to soak them overnight. I usually am a spontaneous cook, so having to wait for something is not my favorite thing to do. However, most dried bean packages have a quick soak method too. I have found this works better with pinto than black beans though.

Regardless of what soaking method you use, it is actually pretty easy. If you have never made your own refried beans, I definitely recommend trying it. Especially if you like bean burritos as much as I do ;) Also, if you have an immersion blender, this works even better, because you can puree them directly in the pan.

Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: about 1 hour
Makes: about 6 cups


1 one pound bag dried pinto beans

5 whole cloves of garlic – peeled

2 tbs olive or vegetable oil

1 small onion - finely chopped

2 tbs jalapeño - finely chopped

3 tsp salt

1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

1 tsp cumin

Soak beans overnight (or at least 4-6 hours).
In a large pot place 8 cups of water, 2 tsp salt, all cloves of garlic and beans, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover with lid. Cook for about 1 hour or until beans are completely cooked through. Drain liquid and set aside.
In a large pan, sauté onion and jalapeño until tender, about 5 mintues. Add beans and 2 cups of the cooking liquid. Simmer for about 5 minutes. With an immersion blender, puree the beans until mostly smooth leaving a few chunks for texture, adding more cooking liquid if needed. Remove from heat. Enjoy!
Note: If you do not have an immersion (often called a stick or hand blender)blender you can use a blender or food processor. If using one of these methods, you might have to add a little more liquid.


Adam B said...


One tool you might want to consider purchasing is a small pressure cooker for the stove top. I have used one for years. I use it mainly for cooking dry bean, but it could be used for other things. How I do my beans is cover them with water and boil them for three minutes, let cool, if I'm in a hurry I rinse them in cold water. Then I put them in the cooker and cook them under pressure for about 4o min. Then let the pressure go down on its own about 5 min. If ya got really daring you could also barrow mom's pressure caner can dried been. This might save ya some time. As always this recipe sounds great.

Rachel Blair said...

Thanks Adam!! I have always wanted to get a pressure cooker, but I have yet to purchase one. That sounds like a great idea. Thanks for the winderful info!