Refried beans are such a versatile, hearty dish!
And, soaking your beans before cooking them eliminates any digestive discomfort as well as unlocking their full nutritional value!
How To Make Healthy, Homemade Refried Beans
- 4 cups cooked pinto beans (or other beans of your choice)*
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- smidge cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- 1 cup water
*For soaking and cooking instructions, see Cooking Dry Beans.
In a 4 quart pan over medium heat, saute onions in olive oil until translucent and soft. Add beans and water. Let beans warm up and water start bubbling. Add all other ingredients. Mash together with potato masher, leaving beans somewhat chunky.
Turn heat to low and cover. Let flavors mingle for approximately 15 minutes. Add water if too much has evaporated, or to desired consistency. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve with tacos or nachos, or as desired.
How do you like to serve your refried beans? Do you make healthy, homemade refried beans?
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