Real Deal Refried Beans
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They're the real-deal because they are cooked from scratch and flavored with garlic, onions, butter, and bacon to make the thickest, heartiest, most flavorful beans you may have had to date. With fresh cheese and spicy peppers added in, these beans stand alone or make an outstanding bean burrito.
Recipe type: Sides, Beans
Serves: 4-6 servings
Grocery List
  • 2 c. dried pinto beans
  • Water to cover
  • 2 T. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 4 slices bacon, or side pork, or 1 ham hock
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 jalapeƱo pepper
  • ½ c. butter
  • 1 onion
  • 5 clove garlic
  • 2 c. Cheddar Cheese
Here's how...
  1. Put dried beans into a pot or bowl and cover them with water. Add in 2 T. raw apple cider vinegar and let them soak for at least 24 hours.
  2. Rinse well and remove any weird beans.
  3. Add the beans to a good-sized pot with enough water to cover by an inch.
  4. Add in bacon, ham hock, or side pork along with salt, chili powder, and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and let them simmer, covered for at least 4 hours, checking every not and then to make sure there is still water covering them. Do not over water as you want an end result of thickened *gravy*.
  6. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in onion, garlic, and the meat from the pot.
  7. Saute until the meat is crispy and the onion translucent.
  8. Using a slotted spoon, collect the beans from the pot saving the water in case it's needed later
  9. Mash the beans to desired texture and salt and pepper to taste. If needed, loosen them a bit with the leftover water from cooking the beans.
  10. Add in freshly grated Cheddar cheese as well as jalapeƱos if desired.
Recipe by That Which Nourishes at