I absolutely love refried beans. It is hard to comprehend how a food that looks so disgusting, could taste so damn good!
I used to always buy my refried beans pre-made in a tin but in an effort to be more health conscious, I thought why not skip all the preservatives and extra salt. I had an idea of what spices I would want to use and got the idea from a friend to use black beans instead of the illusive pinto that I would have normally thought to use.
For this recipe you could mash the beans with a fork but it takes a long ass time, so just save yourself and throw it all in the blender.
- 1 tin black beans in water
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- salt to taste
- optional oil to fry the beans in – I usually leave it out
- Drain about half the liquid out of the black beans and put the rest into your blender. Add garlic and spices.
- Blend until smooth.
- Taste! Very important to taste your beans at this point and make sure they are flavourful. I almost always add more garlic and salt at this point.
- Fry your beans over medium heat for about 8 minutes. If I’m honest, adding oil at this stage does make them taste better but I really enjoy them oil free as well if you are into health stuff.
I often double the recipe when I’m making dinner for anyone else – yup, I can eat a tin of black beans on my own!
3 ways to eat refried beans
- As a chip dip – Get some corn chips and dig in! Better yet make some guac and fresh salsa and have a dipping trifecta!
- Burritos! – Everyone loves a good burrito, it’s just a fact. I like to sauté some peppers, onions, garlic, and mushrooms with a blend of spices (chili powder, paprika, cumin) and load a wrap up with the veg and refried beans. Always a good idea to finish it with some guacamole and coyo!
- Salad bowl – Since it’s been so warm out recently, I’ve been enjoying having salads for dinner and adding refried beans makes it more of a substantial meal. I made a simple green salad with romaine lettuce, spinach, sweet corn and some cherry tomatoes and dressed it with a follow your heart ranch dressing then popped the pile of beans on top. I also crumbled some corn chips on top for a bit of salty crunch.
What I’m saying here, is that refried beans make everything better. Try them, you’ll see.