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When I have left over pinto beans, this is our favorite recipe. Once you taste it, you'll never settle for canned refried beans again. Queso Blanco is not a melting cheese but it becomes soft and creamy when heated. In this recipe you get yummy savory beans with creamy little bits of cheese. Delicious!
- Place beans and juice in blender or food processor. Blend just enough to break into small pieces.
- Cook and stir onion and jalapeno in hot lard or butter until tender. Stir in beans 1 cup at a time until they are all incorporated.
- Continue cooking and stirring constantly until mixture thickens and you can see the bottom of the pan as you stir.
- Add cheese and stir until well-blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Note: My home cooked pinto beans tend to be spicy. If you are using mild beans or canned beans, you might want to add a couple cloves of minced garlic and 1/2-1 teaspoon cumin.