12 April 2012

rather make than buy: refried beans

We try to eat a beans and rice meal at least once a week. Here's the most simple, easy bean recipe I use. It's great for burritos, taco salad, chikilikis, etc. No pre-soaking necessary.

      2 lbs dry pinto beans, rinsed
      9 c water
      2 dried chilies (New Mexico, CA or ancho)
      3 cloves garlic, peeled
      1 sm onion, roughly chopped

Cook at least 3-4 hours and up to all day in the crockpot on high. After the beans are soft, use a potato masher to squish them all up and season with:
      2-3 t salt (or to taste)
The time really doesn't matter too much because you're cooking the beans til they're really squishy. (I usually leave them for about 5-8 hours on high.) Everything's loose in this recipe. Like the water never makes them the exact same runny-ness so you may start with less and add more if they're not covered. Or if you finish up and they're too runny, leave the pot open and on low so they can reduce down.

Personal preferences:
  • Sometimes I try different beans. 
  • Sometimes I vary the chili situation--just one of those chilies or fresh or pickled. 
  • Pickled jalapeño juice, cumin or oregano added at the end give a nice flavor.
  • I freeze all the leftovers in dinner portion sizes in Ziplock bags. Usually this gives me about 3 cans worth in the freezer.
I love how easy and cheap this is. It takes me 5 minutes to get it all in the crockpot. Washing up is the biggest trouble...and David usually is the dish washer :)


He wouldn't ask us not to fear and not to worry if he didn't provide resources for us to handle sorrow and pain, would he? He's not that kind of a God. He, himself, is enough for all fear, for all worry. He is risen and he is enough.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 
Psalm 73:26