Monday, August 6, 2012

Refried Beans

First, I would like to thank my sister, Janel, for welcoming me and letting me be a part of her wonderful blog. She is definitely the brains and heart behind this site, and I am just excited to be a part of it. Janel inspires me with my cooking and exercise, so I am very lucky to have her as my sister!
My first post will be the recipe for the most amazing refried beans! I was craving a bean and cheese burrito, so I searched for the perfect recipe. These beans were so tasty, I devoured the extremely large batch within a few days, oops! Like anything, they should be consumed in moderation. Anyway, here is the recipe. I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Refried Beans Without the Refry

Original recipe and photo found at
1 onion, peeled and halved
3 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (I used a whole one because I like spicy and it was perfect!)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons salt (the original recipe called for 5 teaspoons and that is way too much!)
1 3/4 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin, optional but recommended
9 cups water

1. Place the onion, rinsed beans, jalapeno, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin into a slow cooker. Pour in the water and stir to combine. Cook on High for 8 hours, adding more water as needed. Note: if more than 1 cup of water has evaporated during cooking, then the temperature is too high.
2. Once the beans have cooked, strain them, and reserve the liquid. Mash the beans with a potato masher, adding the reserved water as needed to attain desired consistency.

3. Add any desire toppings, such as cheese, sour cream, green onions, etc., and enjoy!

They are that easy! When I reheated them, I just threw a little olive oil in a pan, and lightly fried them.

Nutrition Facts:
Servings per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving - Calories: 139 | Total Fat: 0.5 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg

PS- Did you know pinto beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber? In addition to lowering cholesterol, pinto beans' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal. My favorite part- pinto beans are also virtually fat-free! The list goes on.... pinto beans are also an excellent source of molybdenum, folate, protein, and vitamin B1!

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