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Homemade Refried Beans

You’ll never want to buy a can of beans again after tasting these and seeing how easy and cheap they are to make.

Beans, beans, the musical fruit… the more you eat the more you toot… the more you toot the better you are… so eat some beans and toot some more.

On a more serious note (no pun intended) beans are one of my favorite comfort foods. They are easy on the budget, taste delicious, and are very good for you. This time of year they are particularly delicious because of all the fresh produce that’s available.

Ingredients:  2 cups dry pinto beans (rinsed), 2 tomatoes, 1 onion, 1 green chile or jalapeño, fresh garlic clove, salt, 2 splashes of olive oil.

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Place rinsed beans in a heavy pot and cover with 1 1/2 inches of water. Add salt and 1 splash of olive oil. IMG_3400

Bring to a boil.IMG_3401 Remove from heat, Put lid on pot. Rest for 30 minutes.IMG_3402 Remove lid and strain beans. Rinse beans thoroughly (this is what removes the toot)IMG_3403Put beans in slow cooker, add vegetables coarsely chopped, 2 tsp salt and another splash of olive oil.
IMG_3405Cook on high and set timer for 8 hours. Be prepared for heavenly aromas.IMG_3406 After 8 hours your beans should look like thisIMG_3409To make sure your beans are done, take a couple out and smash them. If they are sill hard return them to the cookerIMG_3410 Ladle the excess liquid from the beans. Save the liquid.IMG_3411 Using an immersion blender, puree the beans, adding liquid back as needed to form your desired consistency. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a blender or food processor.IMG_3412 IMG_3413 Salt to taste.IMG_3414Voila!IMG_3415Your beans are now ready to eat. Garnish them with salsa, cheese, chopped onions, chopped peppers, cilantro…the sky’s the limit. Or ladle them onto a tortilla, add some cheese and salsa and roll them up into a burrito.

If you want to be adventurous try a little bowl of hot beans with cottage cheese in them. They look like vomit but taste delicious! It’s a perfect low fat high protein dinner. A fresh apple eaten along with the beans is a delicacy. I know it sounds crazy but it’s really good.

I hope you enjoy this simple staple recipe. Stay tuned for my fresh salsa recipe in the near future.

ImageCheers!

Barbara