Cinco de Mayo is upon us. So it's the perfect excuse to eat Mexican food (I never need an excuse). And what can be more perfect than refried beans? Nothing, I tell you, nothing. Refried beans are the type of food to live for. However, canned refried beans are not. But! You can make your own and they taste so so so good. These refried beans are made from black beans and are completely vegetarian. That practically makes them healthy.
You can do this. Because making homemade refried beans is almost as easy as heating up canned ones. And once you make these, you'll never go back.
Homemade Refried Black BeansIngredients:
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 15 oz can of black beans, with liquid
1 tsp each salt and pepper
1/2 tsp each chili powder, cumin (the cumin is optional)
In a large sauce pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Add beans with liquid, salt and pepper, and spices. Stir once, and cover. Reduce heat to medium and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, mash beans with a wooden spoon or potato masher until smooth. If there is still liquid in the beans, return to heat, and cook another 5 minutes, uncovered. Serves 2.
Put them in a quesadilla. You'll thank me.