Best Refried Beans Recipe

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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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 fried.

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.

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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.

garlic olive oil
garlic olive oil

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.

VARIATIONS

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.

Best Refried Beans Recipe - made from Ayocote Negro beans
Ayocote Negro beans from Rancho Gordo

Best Refried Beans Recipe

Best Refried Beans Recipe

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Lisa LeCoump

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Check the beans for debris by pouring them onto a white plate.
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  • Always Soak the beans for at least 5 hours, though overnight is better. 1 cup of beans to 4 cups of filtered water and 2 teaspoons of salt. (Filtered water is used because minerals in the water might keep the beans from cooking evenly. The salt is added to season and to brine the beans so they hold their shape.). The next day, Drain and rinse well, throwing away the water. (Soaking and rinsing is done to remove natural toxins found in beans. This also removes some of the gas causing quality of beans.)
  • Put the beans in the Instant Pot and add 4 cups filtered water and 2 teaspoons of salt. Use the Instant Pot default setting for beans which will pressure cooking on high for 20 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 20 minutes before opening.
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  • Put the beans into the serving dish.
    Best Refried Beans Recipe - made from Ayocote Negro beans
  • Add garlic olive oil and garlic confit, siracha or other spices and use the immersion blender to blend it. Add water if needed. Salt to taste and serve.
    Best Refried Beans Recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 1262mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

WHY THIS RECIPE IS SUSTAINABLE:

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Nutrition Facts
Best Refried Beans Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
246
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Sodium
 
1262
mg
55
%
Potassium
 
378
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
7
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
0.3
g
0
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
5
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
48
mg
5
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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