Sunday, November 20, 2011

Homey Refried Beans

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!

**Allergy-free substitutions
Milk - So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut milk
Garlic - omit

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