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Old 01-16-2009, 04:10 PM   #1
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Anyone make their own Refried Beans?

I made refried beans a couple weeks ago. The were decent, but a bit bland. I seasoned them with onions & garlic, a jalapeno and some cumin, cilantro and lime juice. This time, I'm thinking of adding a Corona to the cooking liquid and, maybe add some more cumin and garlic.

I'm just wondering if anyone else makes their own and, if so, what works well for you? Thanks =)

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Old 01-16-2009, 04:15 PM   #2
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You forgot the salt. Salt salt and more salt. I've never made my own, but I've watched the M.I.L make hers, and what I see is salt. ;)
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:20 PM   #3
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You forgot the salt. Salt salt and more salt. I've never made my own, but I've watched the M.I.L make hers, and what I see is salt. ;)
Oops, my bad. I do add salt too.
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:25 PM   #4
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I make our refried beans. I cook my pinto beans with onions, garlic, bay leaf, and serrano chiles. Cover them with water and cook until the beans begin to wrinkle, then I add some bacon grease and cook until the beans are soft and stir in salt to my liking and the beans are barely moist. Then I heat some more bacon grease in a skillet and saute some onions and garlic until tender. Once the onion and garlic are done, I add one large tomato, seeded, and chopped.

To incorporate the the onion-garlic-tomato mixture to the beans, I scoop a spoonful of the beans into the mixture and mash everything to a paste. Then I add that back to the beans and stir until well mixed.

To make refried beans, I melt a quantity of bacon grease in a skillet and put in the cooked bean mixture and cook and mash until creamy, adding more bacon grease as necessary.

If you don't have bacon grease, lard can be substituted.

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Old 01-16-2009, 05:28 PM   #5
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Incidentally, coconut oil makes a great substitute for lard. I made tamales with it recently and they turned out well ... especially for my first time.
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I make our refried beans. I cook my pinto beans with onions, garlic, bay leaf, and serrano chiles. Cover them with water and cook until the beans begin to wrinkle, then I add some bacon grease and cook until the beans are soft and stir in salt to my liking and the beans are barely moist. Then I heat some more bacon grease in a skillet and saute some onions and garlic until tender. Once the onion and garlic are done, I add one large tomato, seeded, and chopped.

To incorporate the the onion-garlic-tomato mixture to the beans, I scoop a spoonful of the beans into the mixture and mash everything to a paste. Then I add that back to the beans and stir until well mixed.

To make refried beans, I melt a quantity of bacon grease in a skillet and put in the cooked bean mixture and cook and mash until creamy, adding more bacon grease as necessary.

If you don't have bacon grease, lard can be substituted.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
i tried to make some the other day to go w/ my nachos
but they taste good

ill have to try this recipie
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:30 PM   #7
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I was watching Viva Daisy a new Latin cooking show on food network and last week she made these that looked great and were on the healthy side.

New Style Refried Beans (Frijoles Refritos Estilo Nuevo) Recipe : Daisy Martinez : Food Network

I have not made these but will in the future.
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I make our refried beans. I cook my pinto beans with onions, garlic, bay leaf, and serrano chiles. Cover them with water and cook until the beans begin to wrinkle, then I add some bacon grease and cook until the beans are soft and stir in salt to my liking and the beans are barely moist. Then I heat some more bacon grease in a skillet and saute some onions and garlic until tender. Once the onion and garlic are done, I add one large tomato, seeded, and chopped.

To incorporate the the onion-garlic-tomato mixture to the beans, I scoop a spoonful of the beans into the mixture and mash everything to a paste. Then I add that back to the beans and stir until well mixed.

To make refried beans, I melt a quantity of bacon grease in a skillet and put in the cooked bean mixture and cook and mash until creamy, adding more bacon grease as necessary.

If you don't have bacon grease, lard can be substituted.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Nope. Never worked in a restaurant.
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OK, I made them the same way: beans, onions, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, lime and cumin. This time I added a beer to the cooking water (and added a couple to the cook) and it made all the difference. The flavors accented the beans, but were still mild. A pound lasted two days. I think I'll make more this weekend.
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