This is the best refried beans recipe because it is easy, healthy and has more flavor than anything we have ever had before.
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These are the best refried beans because they are faster and easier to make, healthier, and have more flavor than the traditional version. Traditional refried beans are not actually fried and then refried as the name implies. They are cooked, mashed and then fried, usually in lard. This recipe is not refried or even fried, and there is no lard.
EASIEST REFRIED BEANS RECIPE
This recipe is easy because the beans are cooked in an Instant Pot. They are first soaked overnight or brined. Then they are cooked and mashed. They are mashed with an immersion blender right in the bowl they will be served in, along with the salt, hot sauce, and garlic olive oil and garlic confit. There is no frying at all, just blend and serve. They can also be made ahead of time and refrigerated in a heat proof dish and then reheated, blended, and served all in the same dish.
HEALTHIER REFRIED BEANS RECIPE
This recipe is healthier because homemade garlic olive oil and garlic confit are added instead of frying the beans in lard, so the oil is much more heart healthy. Since it is garlic olive oil, it is much more flavorful than olive oil, and it has a flavor that is much more appropriate for Mexican food. We make the garlic olive oil and garlic confit and always have it on hand. And besides being healthier, this is also a sustainable recipe, so eating this way is helping to save the planet.
MOST FLAVORFUL REFRIED BEANS RECIPE
We start with Ayocote Negro beans from The Ranch Gordo-Xoxoc Project. Beans that are loaded with flavor. Then we add the spices and garlic olive oil and garlic confit, which add an incredible amount of flavor. At that point we would be satisfied with eating nothing but beans and skipping the rest of the meal.
We vary this recipe with different beans and with different sauces and spices. Chipotle sauce or smoked salt, like smoke salt crystal flakes from Falksalt add a smoky flavor which works well in refried beans.
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