Canned refried beans just aren't the same as those creamy, delicious sides that come with your enchiladas in Mexican restaurants. This recipe is the closest i've found to eat-out style beans.
1 large yellow onion - finely chopped
4 TBSP bacon grease (no substitute - this is important)
4 garlic cloves - minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 - 1 tsp cayenne pepper
1- 2 tsp cumin
3 cans pinto beans - drained and rinsed
1 cup water
1 - 1 1/2 cups milk
4 tsp lime juice
In a large pan saute the onion in bacon grease over medium heat until tender. Stir in garlic, salt, 1/2 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp cumin; cook and stir 1-2 minutes. Add beans and water. Mash with a spatula or potato masher. Add milk to desired consistency and continue to season with cayenne and cumin ( and onion powder) to suit your taste. Heat through, remove from stove and stir in lime juice.
Great as a side, with chips or in burritos!
Milk - So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut milk
Garlic - omit