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I know they're not the healthiest, but does anyone have a really good refried bean recipe? Preferably for use with dried beans, but I can do conversions for canned if necessary. TIA!
 

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This is how I make them. Cook your beans (pinto, kidney, or black, or whatever you like) according to your usual method. I like the crockpot, but boiling them works well too. Cook until they're nice and soft. Save the water you've cooked them in, but drain the beans.<br><br>
Then drizzle some olive oil (or veg oil) in a large skillet or dutch oven. Add cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne, a pinch of oregano, and saute until fragrant (just a minute or two). Add the drained beans and cook these for a few minutes. Start smashing them with a potato masher or a wooden spoon. Add the bean water as necessary to make a soupy consistency. The beans will form a crust around the sides of the pan -- you want to stir this in and incoporate it. Keep stirring, mashing, and adding liquid -- I find the beans get thicker as they cool, and you can always cook them more to evaporate out the liquid, so don't be shy. Taste and reseason (adding salt and fresh cilantro if so desired). And then serve and enjoy! These freeze really well, too.<br><br>
HTH! If you need more specific measurements or directions don't hesitate to ask. I'm one of those crazy impromptu cooks, so I never really measure.<br><br>
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I do what nick does. When I boil the beans, I throw in whole veggies. Half an onion, a few peeled cloves of garlic, a seeded bell pepper, a chili, a carrot...<br>
Once they are so cooked that they practically disintegrate, your beans are usually ready. Then I refry like the poster above me.
 

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I'll give it a try- thanks!<br><br>
And, vikingKvinna, I'm a crazy impromptu cook as well- I just didn't know the basics of refried beans, since when I was growing up veggies grew in cans. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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I do what Nick does too. Great beans that go with everything. I love leftovers for breakfast with eggs and salsa. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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Bearitos makes really good refried black beans in the can. There my favorite, as I am too lazy to cook my own <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Rainbow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rainbow peace"><br>
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