I haven’t been giving priority to my wishlist of recipes bookmarked over the past year. I continue to disregard my list and instead cook things based on my hungry stomach and what it demands at any point in time. I’ve totally lost control.
On Friday, I noticed a refried bean recipe from Astra Libris of Food for Laughter. I’ve always wanted to try making refried beans and her recipe sounded so good that I couldn’t resist. I went shopping on Saturday and bought all of the necessary supplies. Yesterday, I made the beans … and I’m so glad that I did!
You’ll find the refried beans recipe from her site. I like that it’s vegetarian and uses little fat. I looked around the web and found other similar recipes but was curious by the set of spices she choose to use – a combination of cumin, chili powder, oregano and cayenne. I didn’t want boring beans and figured her choices would guarantee maximum flavor.
Aside from the time to soak and cook the pinto beans , it’s easy to make. I made two small alterations to the recipe:
- I added a bay leaf to the beans when I cooked them the first time, then removed it when I drained the beans.
- I added 2 minced garlic cloves in with the onions when I cooked them. Otherwise, I used the same seasonings and followed the same steps.
The beans are creamy and packed with flavor. I liked the use of cumin which gives an underlying smoky flavor. The consistency turned out just the way I wanted but once they cooled, they did thicken. If this happens, just add a bit of water to loosen them up when reheating.
I will definetly make these again and am looking forward to eating the leftovers for lunch. If you like to know more bean tips and facts, Ben from What’s cooking? wrote a nice piece on the ‘almost magic beans‘.
I’m curious if anyone else makes a version of refried beans that they like? Feel free to drop a link to your recipe in the comments section.
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