Frijoles Refritos (Refried Beans)

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READY IN: 25mins
YIELD: 4 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 4
    cups cooked pinto beans, undrained (canned pinto beans can be used)
  • 14
    cup chopped onion
  • 1
    small finely chopped jalapeno, deseeded
  • 14
    cup lard (cooking oil can be used also) or 1/4 cup butter (cooking oil can be used also)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 8
    ounces queso blanco, grated
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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.
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