Tuesday, January 10, 2012

refried pinto beans, homemade


I love the idea of spending less than $1 for a pound of beans which will last us at least 4-5 meals versus spending $1.29 for 1 can of beans which lasts us one meal!  Try this recipe and you'll be hooked too!

refried pinto beans, homemade

1 lb pinto beans, rinsed and picked for debris
1 tbsp + 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup onion, diced
1 green chile, finely minced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 cup bottled salsa

In a pressure cooker, place rinsed pinto beans with water measuring 2 inches above the beans and 1 tsp of olive oil.  Place on high heat for 30 minutes.  Turn off, wait for pressure to release.

Once release, open the cooker and add onions, green chile, garlic and salsa.

Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes.  Wait for the pressure to release and then mash the beans.  You can also use an immersion blender for a creamier texture.  Then place the mashed beans into a heavy bottom pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil to "refry" the beans.  This is not necessary but I wanted to be authentic :)  Saute for a 2-3 minutes and then turn off heat and wait until cool before filling into containers.  Enjoy!

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