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Refried Beans     Back to Mexican Dishes     Printer Friendly Page

Recipe By Orville
Preparation Time 2:00

Serves 6

2 cups dried pinto beans
1/2 cup red onion -- chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper -- chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon salt
cayenne pepper (if desired) -- to taste
pepper -- to taste

Put the dried beans in a large heavy pot. Cover the beans with water. Turn heat to high and add the onion, bell pepper, and all of the seasonings. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium. Cook covered adding water as required during the cooking process to prevent beans from burning. Cook until beans are tender then remove from heat.

****** Finish Step ******

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
cooked pinto beans (about 2 1/2 cups)

Remove the cooked beans from the bean pot leaving the liquid and place in a mixing bowl. With a hand blender or by hand mash the beans completely. In a hot skillet add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Now add the mashed beans and the cumin. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly to prevent burning. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes and then add the grated cheese. Mix in cheese. If beans are too dry add some of the liquid from the bean pot to get the consistency desired.