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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Comfort Food & A Recipe!

I don't know how but it just hit me BAM on Thursday night, I got sick. I hardly ever get sick but when I do I get it bad! So while I was sick(and not blogging) I wanted some comfort food. One of my favorite things to eat and make with my family is refried beans. Not from a can(I don't know how people eat those) but from my kitchen! I thought while I was making it that I would share the recipe with you!! While it does take a little time to cook the beans, there is nothing like homemade refried beans!

What you'll need:
Pinto Beans- one bag
Garlic Cloves 2-3 depending on the amount of beans using
Water-enough to cover beans
Potato Masher
Salt-to taste
Cheese-to taste

-Place your pinto beans into a strainer and into a sink full of water, soak them for about 10 minutes
-Pick out the 'bad' beans, they will look darker, be broken or halved and should float to the top
-Place your beans into a crockpot with cloves of garlic and cover with water(make sure you cover them enough so the water doesn't evaporate)
-Cook your beans on low for about 24 hours or until the beans are soft and the water has turned a dark brownish color
-Heat your skillet with about 2 tbsp of oil(or more)*you want the skillet hot and place your beans with some of the juice inside.
-Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes, reduce heat and then with your potato masher start to mash the beans until they are the desired consistency. If you prefer not to mash them you don't have to, they are great either way!

-Add salt to taste and top with cheese!
- Enjoy!
You can serve these as bean & cheese burritos, with eggs(breakfast), enchiladas, chips, basically any way you want.

If you are interested in me doing more recipes for homemade Mexican food like: enchiladas, green chile, chili rellenos, salsa or whatever else you might want to learn to make leave me a comment, I just don't want to take all of the time and energy taking pictures and doing a tutorial if nobody is interested.
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Gianna February 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM  

I do something very similar with the addition of diced onions, cumin and chili powder.