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Saturday, January 23, 2010

the magical fruit


"Beans, beans the magical fruit the more you eat the more you....." There are so many childhood memories associated with beans, chile and tortillas that I dont have the time or space or even inclination to mention. I first learned how to make refried beans when I was probably around 12 years old or so and it was something I made often because it took the ordinary bean and turned it into something else, equally as ordinary but different no less.



Refried beans are easy to do, you start with cooked beans then make a roux with roasted chile, onions and garlic and some kind of fat, if you eat meat then use bacon and bacon fat like I did, if not use something else.



When the roux is perfect add the beans and mash like you just dont care, and after you mashed a lot then mash some more until they are creamy and delightful.



Creamy refried beans, mmmm - now its up to you if you want them as a side dish or spread on a fried flat corn tortilla as a tostada - believe me, if you make these you will never go to Taco Bell ever again.

39 comments:

Beth said...

ok, I'm gonna do this one, cuz I love refried beans. They might not love me, but I love them.

Fresh Local and Best said...

Beans are a comforting food. I'll have to try your technique, it looks good!

doggybloggy said...

In my never ending need to learn more I found out that that the more you eat beans the more your body gets used to beans and then that bean "problem" will no longer exist.

Leela said...

Bookmarked! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions. This will come in handy very soon.

pigpigscorner said...

fart....yes..but I'm still trying this!

Anette said...

Mmmmm! I love the look of that!

Jenn said...

Ooo...I like refried beans with a bit of salsa and some tortillas. I never really knew how to make them, so I'd always eat up when a friend's mom would make it. lol. I guess now I can make it at home.

MaryMoh said...

Love this refried beans. I would eat it with Peking Duck wrap....yum. Thanks for sharing.

Devon said...

You mean re-fried beans don't only come from a can? Just kidding. Very interesting info about the body getting used to beans.

Drick said...

This is the way we have made them as long as I knew to crawl to the kitchen .... never thought of anyone not knowing how to make refried, but then, there are so many other things I am learning from you guys

♥peachkins♥ said...

this post is just in time for my niece's mexican themed birthday party...I'll be making some dips for chips today..

Dawn said...

I am so with you on this one dog. I once made a deep fried refried bean ball. God that was good. It had cheese in the middle and corn and panko around the outside, chill then deep fry baby. Where is that recipe

Chow and Chatter said...

oh cool now I know how to make it, your welcome to guest post anytime Christo

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Creative Mish said...

My Dad used to always say we needed to have pineapple juice too... That way we could toot Hawaiian music..

I used to make a big pot of bean s every other week when my kids were little. Now not so often.. but love them.

Cynthia said...

I'm always up for re-fried beans and you are right, once you make it at home, you'll never want it any other way.

Anna said...

I absolutely love refried beans, we have something similar in Brazil.

Sanura Weathers said...

That's funny! You leave a comment on my blog, I review your blog to find one of my comfort dishes, refried beans! Thanks for the recipe! I'm making lima beans tomorrow, soaking overnight right now, another one of my comfort dishes. Wish me luck and thank you for the comment! Sincerely, sw

Christina said...

We eat beans a lot and I don't have a problem w/ them, must be your explanation above!

I've only had refried beans from a can, never thought to make them myself!

Angie's Recipes said...

I love beans...but can't handle too much of them.

Caveman Cooking said...

I'm tootin' just thinking about eating this! ;) Looks incredible.

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Joanne said...

Refried beans are definitely one of the best inventions out there. I love them on sandwiches with some sweet potatoes. Weird, maybe. But delicious - absolutely.

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T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

The perfect comfort food for any age. And, it is exactly the sort of thing one should make from scratch since it tastes so much better.

teresa said...

these look so good. sprinkle some cheese on that and i'm in heaven!

buffalodick said...

I've done this before, and make a bean bean dip out of it!

A Year on the Grill said...

It's music to me

Diana H said...

I think it's been a while since I've made refried beans, but like hummus, it's so much better and less expensive to make you're own.

Donna-FFW said...

Just looking at them, I dont ever want to go to Taco Bell again.

Mo Diva said...

i love refried beans! with a lil cheese... a lil sour cream. and a lot of eating!

theUngourmet said...

I used to work at Taco Time when I was in high school and we made our beans from scratch. I loved making them and they tasted so much better than the yucky canned beans!

I wish my son would learn to like beans! We eat them quite often and everyone else in the family loves them. Don't know what's wrong with that boy! :)

snugs said...

seein how we live in the land of the best Mexican food around, we call Taco Bell, Taco Hell at mi casa..

The Diva on a Diet said...

Creamy and delightful, indeed! I'll take mine in the tortilla ... or straight outta the pan! Wow, these look GOOD.

tipper said...

Beans are a regular part of our diet-but I've never tried making refried beans-but I think I will now : )

urban vegan said...

I learned a different version:

"Beans, beans, they're good for your heart, themore you eat, the more you...play darts?"

Juliana said...

In Brazil, like many South American countries, bean is part of daily diet...therefore it was easy to adjust to all kind of beans recipe :-) Although had refried beans in restaurants, never made it at home...will definitely try your recipe!

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TavoLini said...

Honestly, I love beans. I eat some form of them every day, sometimes a few times per day.

I never have been super successful with refried--I'm thinking I probably don't add enough fat. Sounds like a good project...

kanishk said...

They might not love me, but I love them.

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