Sunday, January 2, 2011

"refried" beans

Blacked eyed peas give you luck? Really? I've never eaten one, so I've never had them on New Year's Day. I was going to get some, just to try it out, but forgot. Sigh. I guess I don't get any luck this year. =)

What I did make was "refried" beans. They are super easy and very cheap! A 15 ounce can of refrieds can range from $0.89 to $1 or more. I bought a pound of dried pintos for $0.50, and made the equivalent of about 4-5 cans of beans. NICE!

Refried Beans

1 pound of dried pinto beans
4 cups water
1/4 cup bacon grease {optional}
1 T garlic powder
2 T chicken bouillon
2 T chili powder
2 T butter

Place beans and water in a large stock pot. Soak overnight. Drain beans in a colander and rinse thoroughly. Add 2 cups fresh water to pot, stir in grease and next 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 5-6 hours, stirring occasionally. Beans are done when soft. Mash with potato masher or fork and serve.

At this point, you can add more seasoning or salsa, if desired. Yummy!


  1. We love refried beans and I love making them myself. It's so much cheaper and no preservatives.