Recipe for refried beans (Frijoles refritos)

Those who eat mexican food frequently know this dish very well... of course you can purchase canned ready made refried beans but what is the fun in that? Refried beans can be eaten as a snack with totopos and sour cream or can also go well as a side dish with many other authentic mexican dishes. Refried beans are often served with Tex-Mex cheese dips, as an example, or as a side dish to other mexican dishes.

refried beans

Homemade refried beans:


* 1 lb. of dry pinto beans
* 8 cups of water.
* 1 cup oil.
* 1 onion finely chopped.
* 2 chipotle chiles in adobo, minced with a little bit water (optional).
* Monterrey Jack cheese for when serving
* Salt, to taste

Making mexican refried beans:

1) Bring water to a boil in a pot or a pressure cooker.

2) Rinse the beans, remove the bad ones and wash. Place in boiling water and allow to boil for 5 minutes. Throw out the water, pour in the 8 cups fresh water and seal the pot.
Cook for 18-25 minutes if using the pressure cooker, 3 to 4 1/2 hours using a regular cooking method. Uncover and add salt. Simmer another 10 minutes.
Discard any water left over once they are cooked. At this point I would blend the beans using a blender.

3) Pour the oil in a pan and set the heat to high. Mix in the chopped onion, when the onion bits become translucent add the beans and mash; keep on frying the beans until they have absorbed all the oil. Stir in the chopped chipotle chilies and mix well.

Serve hot with corn tortilla chips (totopos) with cheese sprinkled on top.

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