Refried beans is a traditional staple of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. In Tex-Mex cuisine, refried beans are usually prepared with pinto beans, but many other varieties of beans such as black or red beans are used in other parts of Mexico (source-wiki). I learn't a lot and also tried other cuisines during my tour to United Kingdom. Since then, Mexican, Tex Mex food and Ethiopian food has become my favorite. I browsed a lot of recipes and came up with my way of making refried beans, so it may not be exactly authentic, nevertheless very tasty. It was almost close to what I ate in London. It is easy to make and also very nutritious. You can serve it with tortillas or use it as a sandwich or taco filling to make a filling meal. Today we will learn how to make refried beans at home using pinto beans following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.
Wash and soak pinto beans overnight. Drain the water and pressure cook with a little salt and 1 1/2 cups of water until the beans are soft and slightly overcooked.
Ladle half of the beans and grind it coarsely. Mash the rest of the beans slightly with a potato smasher.
Heat oil in a pan, add finely chopped onions and saute until it turns transparent.
Add garlic paste and saute for a few more seconds. Add tomato puree, chilli powder, cumin powder, tomato ketchup and salt needed.
Cook for a few minutes, then add the cooked beans along with the water and cook on high flame.
When it starts boiling, simmer and cook until the sauce thickens. Homemade delicious and healthy refried beans is ready to be served.
You can make refried beans from canned beans also. In that case, skip the first step under 'preparation'. Just rinse it well and use it.
If you cannot get pinto beans, use kidney beans or rajma.
It can be refrigerated for a week and used when needed.
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