This post is dedicated to my mom.  We went to spend some time with her back in April over the Easter Holiday.  I grew up in a tiny little town, with not many dining out options.  Today, it is still a tiny town without many dining options.  Of course there was a Mexican restaurant;  doesn’t every town have one?  And it was one of my mom’s favorite places to hit.Over a very filling lunch (think super sized) she mentioned that she still remembers the refried beans I use to make when I was a kid.  She liked the texture of them.  Funny thing is, I make them pretty often.  It is often our quick go-to-lunch at home.  I just have never shared my recipe for smashed pinto beans her.  Bad.

 

 

Lenny and I both love beans and we don’t discriminate, they are all good.  Guilty pleasure, I loved refried beans, and usually order them instead of black beans when we are going Mexican.  I love how creamy they are (thanks to lard), and I can not resist smearing them all over my tacos.  I know, maybe a little weird.  I do love them.

My smashed (aka… refried) bean recipe is simple.  Lard free.  Spicy.  Full of texture.  I like to use pinto beans that I have cooked ahead of time and stored for when a hunkering of delicious hits.  A couple times a month, I pick a bean, and cook up a big pot.  They freeze wonderfully, and can be used for recipes like this or to toss into soups and stews.  If you don’t have the time to precook a big pot o’beans, feel free to use canned.  I cook up some yellow onion, garlic (I used green this time), and serranos, until slightly soft.  Then I pour in the beans along with some of their nectar.  Cook, stir, cook and stir.  Once the mixture is slightly thick, I start smashing with a potato smasher.  I do not make the bean mixture completely smooth, I leave a lot of whole beans in there.  They are the texture.  That is really it.  Easy.

 

 

 

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Recipe: Refried Pinto Beans

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of pinto beans, with 3/4 of their nectar
  • 1 large green garlic bulb or 3 small cloves, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1 serrano, diced w/seeds (more or less depending on the heat you like)
  • kosher salt to taste

How To:

  1. In a large frying pan, over medium-low heat, gently heat the olive oil.
  2. Add the onion and garlic, stir, and cook until soft.  About 3 – 5 minutes depending on the heat of your stove.  Stir every so often.
  3. Add the serrano, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the beans with their nectar, lower the heat to a simmer, stir and cook for about 5 – 8 minutes, until the nectar is reduced slightly.
  5. Using a potato masher, gently mash.  Do not over mash, leave about half of the beans whole.  A little texture is great.
  6. Add the lime juice and season with salt to taste.  Stir.
  7. Gently heat for 1 minute.
  8. Serve.
  9. Eat.

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