There is something magical about homemade refried beans. My family cannot get enough. The Tortured Teenager will dip tortilla chips into them, The Ballplayer wants a burrito and the rest of us just savor them. They really are easy to make. You just need time or a crock pot. Today I am making them in a pan the old fashioned way. I don't even have a full bag of beans which is unfortunate because it will just be enough for one sitting rather than having them in the fridge for the next day. This recipe is so old that there is no measurements which makes it kinda cool in my opinion.
First rinse your beans.
I am using pinto beans but you could get crazy and use black beans. Go through them looking for pebbles or sticks. Dump them into a pan and cover with water. My Gram told me to cover until the water comes up to your second knuckle...really that is the measurement. Cool right? Trust me it works perfectly for me. Basically you want them sitting in an inch of water above the bean. Add two pieces of thick cut bacon, cover and simmer until the bean is soft. (two hours..I forgot to watch the clock!)
Now, don't drain them.
Take your potato smasher and go to town smashing them. You could put them in a blender but I like that they are not perfectly smashed. Taste and see if they need salt or pepper. Notice I did not add any when cooking. My Gram said that salt makes them tough (but the bacon is OK??)
Serve with your next Mexican meal!
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